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We Need to Talk About Kevin wows film critics

28th October 2011

The film adaptation of Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin has garnered significant critical acclaim following its release in the UK.

Lynne Ramsay's drama, which stars Tilda Swinton as a mother attempting to come to terms with her son's murder of several classmates during a high school massacre, was named best film at the BFI London Film Festival Awards this week.

Shriver's controversial book received the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005 and was the subject of a bidding war for the film rights before BBC Films eventually triumphed.

John Madden, chair of the BFI's judging panel for the best film category, said he was 'bowled over' by the production.

'It is a sublime, uncompromising tale of the torment that can stand in the place of love. We Need to Talk About Kevin is made with the singular vision that links great directors across all the traditions of cinema,' he added.

The film was also described by Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw as 'a brilliantly nihilist, feminist parable' in his five-star review, while the Daily Telegraph, which also awarded the film five stars, said it is 'a piece of vital, visceral cinema'.

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