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Never Let Me Go (2010)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi  |  11 February 2011 (UK)
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A love triangle develops between three friends who came of age at a mysterious, secluded boarding school and are destined to lead brief lives.

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As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy, spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£625,496 (UK) (11 February 2011)

Gross:

£1,473,603 (UK) (18 February 2011)
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Composer Rachel Portman described her score as a "chamber piece." She worked with an orchestra of 48 players, including piano, strings, and harp, plus a violin and cello for solos. She felt that a smaller orchestra was needed for a minimal, more restrained intimate score. Because of the film's sad story she wanted the music to have some hope, humanity, and heartbeat. See more »

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When Kathy and Tommy enter Madame's house, a clock on a shelf says 1:30 pm. When they wait for Madame to return, a clock on the wall behind Kathy and Tommy says 3:30 pm. See more »

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Title Card: The breakthrough in medical science came in 1952. Doctors could now cure the previously incurable. By 1967, life expectancy passed 100 years.
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NEVER LET ME GO
Written by Luther Dixon
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Jane Monheit
Produced by George Drakoulias
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Excellent cinematic adaptation
25 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just recently finished reading Never Let Me Go. I have very rarely been so intrigued by the subject matter of a book and at the same time so bored by its style. Never Let Me Go, the book, was deadly dull. Still, I was so intrigued, as I say, by the plight of these characters, that I was compelled to see how the book translated to the big screen. You might say I felt this novel and original storyline deserved a second chance.

All in all, I give the movie adaptation a thumbs up, with one big caveat: I think those who did not read the book first would be left scratching their heads. While the book was slow and plodding (and devoted MUCH too much detail to certain occurrences in the storyline), nevertheless it offered the opportunity for reflection on the subtleties of what was taking place. Given the pacing of a typical movie, if you blink, you might miss something momentous and I think that was the case with this movie, so it certainly helped to have read the book prior to seeing the film. The screenwriters did an excellent job of condensing the book, and I felt, after having read it, that condensing was precisely what this otherwise compelling and poignant story required.

Never Let Me Go was a lyrical and visually beautiful production. The accompanying musical score was appropriate to a sad and heartbreaking story. The acting was terrific - especially by Cary Mulligan whose sad eyes reveal the melancholy of her character, and Keira Knightly, especially in the hospital scene where she portrays a nearly depleted "donor." I didn't care much for the male lead, but his one outbreak of emotion upon having his hopes of a "deferral" dashed was very significant. And the character of Miss Lucy comes across as more sympathetic in the movie than in the book.

My criterion for a good movie is this: If it stays with me once I hit the sidewalk in front of the theater, rather than evaporating like smoke, well, that's a good movie. Never Let Me Go has stayed with me. The ending left me with a feeling that although these fictionalized characters were little more than lab rats, we all, in a sense, share a similar fate. Life is short, loss hurts, live and love while you can.

It rarely happens that I enjoy a movie adaptation more than the book on which it was based, but I would have to say that was the case here. Bravo.


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