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Critics embrace We Need to Talk About Kevin

17th May 2011

The film adaptation of Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin has received overwhelmingly positive reviews at the Cannes Film Festival.

Based on the 2003 novel about a boy who carries out a high school massacre and his family's subsequent attempts to deal with the aftermath, the film was given a standing ovation when premiered at the event.

Tilda Swinton, who plays Kevin's mother in the film, said the response to the screening was excellent, adding that she drew on her own experience of being a mother when tackling the role.

'It's certainly a very bloody business being a parent, and it's a really bloody business being a child,' she added.

Variety described the film as an 'exquisitely realised adaptation' of Shriver's novel, while the Hollywood Reporter praised Swinton's 'tour-de-force performance' in a 'coolly cerebral' drama.

The film is now in contention for the coveted Palme d'Or, awarded each year to the best film at Cannes as voted for by a judging panel comprising actors, directors and critics.

© W&G Foyle Ltd
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