The film, directed by Lynne Ramsey, expertly plumbs insecurities not so much about children, but about the role that parents play upon their child’s development and mental health.
|Red is freedom at the tomato festival.|
|Red is freedom rejected.|
|Red is the scarlet letter of community shame.|
|You can't wash the stain of red away.|
|The (red) fruit of knowledge can't be un-learned.|
|Cruel irony: Eva now hides behind canned tomatoes...|
|Kevin knows his Mom wants to escape, a fact symbolized by her room of maps.|
|Kevin (wearing red) countenances his mother's desire to escape again.|
|The desire to escape is reduced to making the dreams of others come true. (Notice the red chairs).|
|A fever returns Kevin to normal, although only briefly...|
Someone really did need to talk about Kevin, before it was too late.