We Need to Talk About Kevin | 2011

Directed by: Lynne Ramsay

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Main Plot

Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.


  • Tilda Swinton's character, Eva, is a mother struggling to understand and cope with her son's violent and disturbing behavior.
  • John C. Reilly's character, Franklin, is the father of Kevin and plays a supportive but conflicted role throughout the film.
  • Ezra Miller's character Kevin is a troubled teenager who commits a horrific act, causing his mother to question her parenting.


In the ending of "We Need to Talk About Kevin," Eva visits Kevin in prison, where he reveals that he has finally accepted responsibility for his actions. As they talk, it becomes clear that Kevin has manipulated Eva throughout his life and continues to do so even in prison. Eva, torn between guilt and anger, leaves the prison, symbolizing her final attempt at moving on from the devastating impact of her son's actions on her life.

Lynne Ramsay