The film adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s We need to talk about Kevin starring Tilda Swinton is being touted as a winner of the Palme d’Or at this years Cannes film festival.
This time last year our intrepid blogger Roberta interviewed the author at the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival, so we can feel somewhat connected, even if it is vicariously!
Whenever I think of that particular book it sends shivers down my spine, and Tilda Swinton I think is an inspired choice as the mother – “the original ice queen” as a colleague just commented. I wonder who will be the stand out author at this year’s festival? There always seems to be one or two that the team take a particular shine to.
I’m not sure if I want to see the film, as I had such an unpleasant reaction to the book – I didn’t see the ending coming, and once I had finished, I didn’t know anyone else who had read it, and I desperately wanted to talk about it. I think the film would leave me feeling just as uncomfortable, but I think that Tilda Swinton is a perfect fit for the role of the mother. So I am tempted to see it, although I know that it won’t be a movie that I describe as an enjoyable watch.