Monday, February 18, 2013


"Everyday" by Buddy Holly
as seen and heard in
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

I recently caught up with "We Need To Talk About Kevin," one of the most talked about films from Festival de Cannes a couple year's back and a film that was appearing on a lot of Top Ten lists a year ago this time. The film closely follows Eva (Tilda Swinton) before, during, and after the raising of her seemingly evil son. This scene falls in the later thread of the narrative and is one of the most memorable stitches of the entire film due to its song choice. 

Eva is driving home one night after staying late at the office. Turns out it's Halloween. Buddy Holly's "Everyday" appears to commence diegetic-ally from the glaring janitor's headphones  as he observes Eva leaving, but then we hear it playing in her car. It's a kicky and peppy number that feels infused with optimism. The effect could not be more contrapuntal than the subject matter in "We Need to Talk About Kevin." It makes sense why Eva would be listening to it, anything to chase away the demons.

It's the one day/night a year where America's children dress up like monsters and the like though she honestly feels her own spawn is one 365 days a year. We see it all though the windshield and windows of Eva's car. It feels like if the glass weren't their she wouldn't be able to breathe on this foreign planet. "Love like yours will surely come my way"? At least Buddy is happy.

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