Forgive me, but we need to talk about Lynne Ramsay. She has made only three films, the first two being Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar. Both are great pieces of work — Ratcatcher is a movie that I go back to again and again. Others can have their Amblin movies as snapshots back into their youth; when I need that sort of thing I go to George Washington, and to Ratcatcher.

Lynne Ramsay’s career was almost sidelined in a weird way when after spending significant time developing a film adaptation of Alice Seybold’s novel The Lovely Bones, she watched as Peter Jackson strolled in, took the project, and turned out a turgid, embarrassing Classics Illustrated version of the novel.

But she returns this year, finally, with We Need to Talk About Kevin, an adaptation of Lionel Shriver‘s 2003 novel starring Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller and John C. Reilly. The film, which digs deep into the mind of a mother dealing with her sociopathic son, wowed ‘em at Cannes (“one of the most beautifully bleak psychological fake-outs the cinema’s given us in years,” said James Rocci) and became the presumed frontrunner for both the Palme d’Or and Best Actress awards. Both of those formal accolades proved elusive (going instead to The Tree of Life and Melancholia/Kirsten Dunst, respectively) and for a minute it looked like the tough, searing nature of the film would make it a difficult one to sell at the marketplace, too.

The good news here is that We Need to Talk About Kevin will get a fall release. The catch is that it will come via Oscilloscope, while enthusiastic, isn’t huge. So you might not get to see a theatrical presentation of the film. But you will get to see it, and that’s all that matters. The full press release is after the break. Read More »

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