“We Need to Talk About Kevin,” though it evokes real-life atrocities like the 1999 Columbine school shootings, is less a psychological or sociological case study than a horror movie, a variant on the bad-seed narrative that feeds on a primal (and seldom acknowledged) fear of children. What if they turn out wrong? What if we can’t love them? What if they refuse to love us? These worries are rarely dealt with in the child-rearing manuals, but they hover over modern nurseries like the ghosts of ancient fairy-tale curses."
"We Need to Talk About Kevin" (dir. Lynne Ramsay) was one of my favorite movies in 2011 because the film explores a topic that people rarely want to acknowledge: what if you hate your child? What if your child is completely alien and foreign to you? Not a lot of people talk about ambivalence toward motherhood, that gray area where a woman doesn't really know whether she wants a child or not but is expected to. The nature vs. nurture debate plays out in complex ways throughout the movie, and darker more hidden family dynamics are explored.