Directed by: Lynne Ramsay
Staring: Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller and John C Reilly
This adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s 2003 Orange Prize winning novel of the same name is a powerful drama with a twist. Tilda Swinton (I Am Love) plays Eva the mother of the eponymous, Kevin (Ezra Miller).
Kevin has committed an appalling crime the full extent of which is revealed (earlier than in the novel) and is followed by flashbacks to Kevin’s early years. The audience is forced to consider if the crime could have been anticipated from the scenes we witness of Kevin as a small child. It also considers the nature versus nurture debate. That is to say can apparently good parents produce evil children or is their behaviour the fault of the parents. The film and its stars have won, or been nominated for, numerous awards. Tilda Swinton’s performance as Eva has been singled out as extraordinary.