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Where does a mother go wrong? Lynne Ramsay marked the end of a near-decade-long hiatus with this adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s 2003 novel, which follows the before-and-after life of a mother (Tilda Swinton in a career-best) whose teenage son (Ezra Miller) carries out a Columbine-style massacre at his high school. With its atomized narrative structure and a deft deployment of tropes that call to mind the great lineage of “bad seed” horror (The Omen and Rosemary’s Baby among them), We Need to Talk About Kevin ratchets up an unnerving power that peers deep into the facade of an all-American family, and the resulting work, as with Ramsay’s other films, suggests a disturbed state of mind through indelible images. 35mm print courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories.

“A disturbing and brilliant film about a woman grappling with inexplicable evil told through a non-linear narrative structure.” —Lulu Wang