Sunday, January 2, 2011

Most Anticipated Films of 2011: Nick's #8

8. We Need to Talk About Kevin

Reading this described as the story of a mother dealing with her son's high school killing spree, it could easily come off as a self-important PSA disguised as Oscarbait, half-weepy, half-sensationalist, but director Lynne Ramsay is adept at showing the outlines of deep emotions, and how they affect people in the day-to-day, without ever resorting to glycerine tears. In her debut feature, Ratcatcher, the filth, violence and broken dreams that pervade the Scottish suburb during the 1970s garbage worker strike are rendered matter-of-factly through the eyes of children in a stark, assured film that, despite being steeped in depression, never approaches maudlin and manipulative. As much as I liked Elephant, Gus Van Sant was perhaps too detached in his presentation of a school shooting, and it's Ramsay's delicate touch that would do the subject justice.

Yeah, he's in this.

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