We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
The gripping international bestseller about motherhood gone awry.
Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevins horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.
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The Impossible Question of 'We Need to Talk About Kevin': Nature or Nurture?
Just over a week ago, at the Chardon High School near Cleveland, Ohio, a seventeen-year-old youth opened fire on fellow students: Six were wounded and three have died. It comes from a novel, by Lionel Shriver who was born Mary Anne Shriver , and it is scripted and directed by Lynne Ramsay, whose last feature film in was the remarkable Morvern Callar , in which Samantha Morton played a young woman who claims to be the author of a novel written by her boyfriend who has just killed himself. The novel of We Need to Talk About Kevin was set in Britain, but the movie has been transposed to the American provinces—it was filmed in Connecticut, but no place is named. Kevin is the sixteen-year-old son of Eva and Franklin John C. Reilly , and one day he goes to school with his weapon of choice and kills an unnamed number of kids.
Rarely is a director this content to let a story just drip into your brain.
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A mother grapples with grief and shame after a son's act of violence in a spellbinding new film. You always have been your mother's joy. But what happens when everything ugly about the world is embodied in the son, when he's the source of the "sin and woe" that Phillips sings about over his ethereal zither? If the bond between mother and son becomes tenuous or broken, is that the result of his evil deeds, or the cause of them? As a baby, he rarely ceases crying, to the point where a frazzled Eva seeks refuge from the noise by walking him by construction sites, where the sound of the jackhammer five feet away provides momentary relief. As he gets older, he refuses to speak, refuses to allow himself to be potty trained, and asserts a manipulative dominance over his mother that his doting, Pollyannaish father Franklin John C.
In flashbacks, we learn something about his short, unhappy life. His mother, Eva Khatchadourian Tilda Swinton , we soon discover, was somewhat ambivalent about having a child in the first place. She seems anxious and out of place in the new home. Some of this discontent apparently rubs off on and damages her offspring. Kevin is nothing but trouble from the moment of his birth. He cries constantly as a baby. Later, he takes a squirt-gun and sprays ink all over the maps with which she has carefully decorated her office.
It is written from the first person perspective of the teenage killer's mother, Eva Khatchadourian, and documents her attempt to come to terms with her son Kevin and the murders he committed, as told in a series of letters from Eva to her husband. The novel, Shriver's 7th, won the Orange Prize , a U. In the novel was adapted into a film. In the wake of a school massacre by Kevin, the year-old son of Franklin Plaskett and Eva Khatchadourian, Eva writes letters to Franklin. In these letters, she relates the history of her relationship with her husband, and the events of Kevin's life up to the killings, and her thoughts concerning their relationship.