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WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

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WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 112m 3s

Release date 21/10/2011

BBFCInsight Contains strong language, once very strong, strong sex & sexualised nudity

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Lynne Ramsay

Cast includes Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Siobhan Fallon, Lauren Fox, Ursula Parker, Leslie Lyles, Lauren Fox, Kimberley Drummond, Jasper Newell, Rocky Duer

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 11/10/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN is a drama about a mother dealing with grief after her teenage son embarks on a murderous rampage at his school. It was classified '15' for strong language, once very strong, strong sex and sexualised nudity

The BBFC's Guidelines at '15' state 'There may be frequent use of strong language (for example, 'fuck'). The strongest terms (for example, 'cunt') may be acceptable if justified by the context. Aggressive or repeated use of the strongest language is unlikely to be acceptable'. The film contains several uses of strong language and one use of very strong language. The use of very strong language occurs when the son responds angrily to his mother when she is questioning him. The use of the word serves to illustrate the son's angry and disturbed state of mind, it is not aggressively directed, and there are no complicating factors such as violence or the threat of violence.

There is another scene in which the mother walks in on her teenage son whilst he is masturbating. He continues the activity, in spite of the fact he is aware of her presence. No explicit detail of the masturbation is shown, although the scene is insufficiently brief or discreet to be permissible at '12A'/'12' where the Guidelines state 'Sexual activity may be briefly and discreetly portrayed'. However, it is permissible at '15' because of the lack of any strong detail.

Some strong sexualised nudity is seen when the mother loads a DVD into a computer, revealing brief but clear images of several naked women. The images are fleeting and the scene is brief. However, the sexual nature of images is sufficiently clear to exceed the terms of the '12A'/'12' Guidelines which state 'Nudity is allowed, but in a sexual context must be brief and discreet'.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN also includes a scene in which a child interrupts his parents whilst they are apparently engaged in sexual activity. The sexual activity is only implied beneath bedclothes and there is no clear detail. The film is shot in a way that avoids the child being exposed to anything indecent. There are also some strong and disturbing gory images. Some show bloodstained dead victims with arrows embedded in their bodies and others occur within the context of the son's murderous rampage in the school setting, including sight of dead and wounded victims with arrows embedded in their bodies.

Details

Title
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
Year
2011
Distributor(s)
Artificial Eye Film Co. Ltd
Classified date(s)
21/07/2011
Main language
English
Submitted run time
112m 3s
Approved footage
10084+8
BBFC reference
AFF281762
Registration number
CFJ23935

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