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Lingvistov Films in English: We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

We-Need-To-Talk-About-Kevin-002Directed by Lynne Ramsay
Actors:  
Tilda Swinson - Eva
John C. Reilly - Franklin
Ezra Miller - Kevin Katchadourian

WARMING-UP
I. Watch the trailer of the film. What do you think the movie is about?
 
VOCABULARY
II. Give definitions to the vocabulary from the movie (Use English-English dictionary to help you). Make your own sentences with these words.

to misunderstand smth, to punish smb, to be wounded, to be horrified, conceit, innocence, expectations, a junkie, political turmoil, to be trapped, to be mortified, occupation.
 
III. Translate into English using the words from the previous exercise:
  1. Ты меня не так понял, Джейсон. Позволь мне все тебе объяснить.
  2. «Я чувствую себя животным, пойманным в капкан. Все происходящее совершенно бесчеловечно», поделился с журналистами господин Старнс.
  3. «Америка не будет принимать чьи-либо стороны в политических беспорядках, происходящих в Египте», заявил Уильям Бернс, заместитель госсекретаря США.
  4. Что удивительного в том, что в семье с матерью-наркоманкой и отцом-алкоголиком ребенок рос замкнутым и озлобленным?
  5. Меня приводят в ужас его рассказы. Иногда кажется, что он хочет наказать весь мир за свои несбывшиеся ожидания.

CHARACTERS
IV. Who do the following words belong to? Recall the situations they were uttered in:
 
It's like this: you wake and watch TV, get in your car and listen to the radio you go to your little jobs or little school, but you don't hear about that on the 6 o'clock news, why? 'Cause nothing is really happening, and you go home and watch some more TV and maybe it's a fun night and you go out and watch a movie. I mean it's got so bad that half the people on TV, inside the TV, they're watching TV. What are these people watching, people like me?
 
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 - Why would you have something like that?
 - I collect them.
 - Isn't that a weird thing to collect?
 - Unlike stamps.
 - Well, what's the point?
 - There is no point. That's the point.
 
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 - Hey, Kev. Listen buddy, it's easy to misunderstand something when you hear it out of context.
 - Why would I not understand the context? I am the context.
 
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- Two years. Plenty of time to think about it. I want you to tell me... why?
- I used to think I knew. Now I'm not so sure.
 
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Just because you are used to something doesn't mean you like it.
 
V. Describe the main characters of the film (Eva, Franklin and Kevin).
 
DISCUSSION
VI. Speak on the following:
  1. Describe the family where Kevin was born. Were Eva and Franklin in love with each other?
  2. What was wrong with the young Kevin? How does Eva react to Kevin’s incessant crying or his resistance to toilet training? What about Franklin? Does he take part in Kevin’s upbringing?
  3. Recall the episode when Eva breaks Kevin’s arm. Why does the boy cover his mother with a lie?
  4. What is Kevin’s favorite book? Why do you think he likes this book?
  5. Describe Celia’s character. What is the relationship between Celia and Kevin?
  6. Why is Eva convinced that Kevin is responsible for the accident with Celia?
  7. Why does Kevin murder innocent people? Why does he kill Celia and Franklin?
  8. Is Eva responsible for creating a child she sees as a monster, or was he a monster all along?
  9. Does Eva feel responsible for Kevin's series of nasty deeds and childhood "pranks?" Does she think she could have prevented any of it? Does she come to realize why Kevin would harm other children or does she give up trying to understand? How can we sympathize with a mother and father who saw all the warning signs but failed to stop the violence?
  10. Do you think Eva has sympathy and forgiveness for herself? Is she able to accept Kevin, and to see his personality as, however uncomfortably, akin to her own?


VII. Write a review on the movie (don’t forget to dwell on the actors’ job, the characters, the plot, and the message).

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