Dialogue: Lynn Ramsay Talks ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin,’ Motherhood, the Inspiration in Literature, and Becoming Ahab

With three dark features under her belt – Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar, and We Need to Talk About Kevin – one might imagine a very pensive, conversationally measured personality, but director Lynne Ramsay is anything but. Much like fellow U.K.’er Andrea Arnold, Ramsay is a bright, talkative filmmaker whose exuberance for her craft is palpable. She’s the conversationalist you want to have multiple exchanges with, to get the first layer of thoughts about her art, contemplate them, then dig to the next level. It’s layer upon layer of artistic passion that manifests in myriad ways. Ramsay exploded on the film scene in the late ‘90s, winning Jury Prizes and earning Palme d’Or nominations at Cannes for her short films Gasman and Small Deaths. By...

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