Paedophobic cinema has become a fairly classic staple of the horror genre. The Omen, The Exorcist and The Shining have all helped cultivate, or perhaps manipulate, our very potent fear of witnessing something so innocent display traces of evil. To some extent We Needto Talk About Kevin, directed by Lynne Ramsay and based on the novel by Lionel Shriver, is a horror story. First and foremost however, it is an observational drama that looks at the psyche of a mother, Eva (Tilda Swinton), who finds it impossible to love her son.
The Blu-ray, released by the most exciting of independent distributors, Artificial Eye, is a slim and sleekly designed affair and sports a fantastic high definition transfer that superbly showcases Seamus McGarvey’s cinematography. The extras, which feature some cast and crew interviews and a theatrical trailer, are a bit thin on the ground, but this is such an expert presentation of the film it’s well worth having.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), directed by Lynne Ramsay, is released on Blu-ray disc in the UK by Artificial Eye, Certificate 15. Watch the trailer below: