Directed by: Lynne Ramsay
Starring: Tilda Swinton (Eva), Ezra Miller (Kevin), John C. Reilly (Dad), Ashley Gerasimovich (Celia), Jasper Newell (young Kevin)
Country: United States
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Genres: Family, Mass Killings
Plot – Spoilers:
Eva is a married writer and professional traveler who one wild night has unprotected sex and gets pregnant. Her career ambitions are put on hold and she finds it hard to enjoy the process of pregnancy like other women around her. In fact, it disgusts her at times.
When Kevin is born, he just won’t stop crying when he’s with Eva. Her awkward attempts at bonding with him get more forced and pathetic as he grows older. This is exacerbated by Kevin who grows up manipulative and with a cunning disposition belying his young age. It’s almost like he senses Eva’s desperation and gets a sadistic pleasure from denying her, while being friendly with his father.
Eventually, Kevin does something so horrific, Eva is left to face the brunt of society’s fury while refusing to give up on her biological connection with Kevin.
A favorite scene is Eva standing by the men drilling, just to shut out the noise of Kevin’s persistent crying. So was Kevin born a psychopath, or created? His sister Celia seems diametrically opposite, though one could argue that Eva practiced on him while bringing up Celia differently. The counter is that plenty of people have evil mothers but don’t do the things Kevin did. And Eva can hardly be considered pure evil.
Also, who suffers from the greater inhumanity? Kevin or the people around Eva who’re forever pulling her up for his crimes. It probably doesn’t help that she sold all her property to fight his case, but you still wonder…