Coming out of Cannes one of the films I was most eager to see was one of the least likely to be pushed very hard (even though it did get picked up by the brave Oscilloscope). We Need To Talk About Kevin sounds like a very difficult film about a difficult subject, but an irresistibly fascinating-sounding work of art as well.
You can read my thoughts, see clips, and generally read more about the film at those older links, but I’ll say that the current marketing seems to be playing coy with a key piece of the film’s plot. I’m wondering if they might be avoiding that element entirely, and if they are, for what reason? Are they simply trying to leave the darkest part of the film out of it to entice more audiences? Are they setting up some kind of surprise to create intrigue? It’s hard to tell, but I’ll leave it be in case there are folks that wish to see this film relatively blind.
What is still clear from the trailer is that Tilda Swinton plays a mother who has severe life-long issues with her son Kevin, played by Ezra Miller. What in clips previous were moments of levity amidst a lot of melancholic scenes, here in the trailer seemed to be played for outright laughs. There’s almost a dark-comedy/thriller vibe to the trailer below, though perhaps that sort of thing can fly with the french, regardless of what the tone/subject-matter of the film ultimately ends up being. It must be noted that most impressions form Cannes were over a film that is much darker and more difficult then what this trailer is selling…
There’s also a remarkably bland poster that’s out there now, and both come to you via Awards Daily.