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Never Let Me Go (2010)

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The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood, when the reality of the world they live in comes knocking.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Kathy (as Isobel Meikle-Small)
Young Ruth
Kate Bowes Renna ...
Miss Geraldine
Christina Carrafiell ...
Oliver Parsons ...
Luke Bryant ...


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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Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nunca me abandones  »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$111,734, 19 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,434,652, 16 December 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,455,232, 16 December 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some scenes were shot at the beach at Holkham, where Keira Knightley had filmed The Duchess (2008) a few years earlier. See more »


When Chrissie, Kathy, Rodney, Ruth, and Tommy look inside the travel bureau to see Ruth's possible, the computer monitors are clearly more modern than 1985. 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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Crazy Credits

The Hailsham School Song can be briefly heard at the very end of the credits. See more »


Written by Eugene Cines
Published by Marlowlynn Ltd, c/o Universal Publishing Production Music
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Never Let Me Go is, in my eyes, an elegant and heartbreaking movie, but it's not for everyone.
15 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

Recently I got a chance to see Never Let Me Go, a film based on the acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.

I ask those who read my review to take it with a grain of salt, as the film is sharply divisive between love and hate. Those who love it say it's emotionally devastating, those who don't find emotion to be lacked. But from my point of view, I find it to be an elegant feature.

Carey Mulligan stars as Kathy, a passionate young girl who is in a complicated love triangle that also includes Tommy (Played by Andrew Garfield), the not so secret love of Kathy's life, and Ruth (Played by Keira Knightley), a jealous woman who stole Tommy while the three of them were attending a mysterious boarding school known as Hailsham, where all students are bred for a specific purpose explained to us at the end of the first act.

Alex Garland, the writer of films such as 28 Days Later, may not have been the most obvious choice to pen the script, but since seeing the film, I understand why. It may come across as a melodramatic romance, but at Never Let Me Go's core is an enigmatic Science-Fiction, make no mistake about that. Even if you don't find the passion to be translated effectively on screen, you can tell it was there on paper. The result is a captivating feature leading to a finale that, as far as emotions go, is heartbreaking to behold, but it wasn't overwhelmingly tragic.

I also admired the performances. Not just from Andrew Garfield's fine performance as Tommy, not just for Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins and Nathalie Richard making great use of their small roles, or even Keira Knightley's exceptional, and gripping performance as Ruth, the true driving force is Carey Mulligan. The Handling of her character is perfect, made even more so by her gentle performance of quiet passion.

It's also a beautifully shot feature, sporting lovely cinematography by Adam Kimmel, as well as a lovely score by Rachel Portman. Although at times her score feels a little intrusive to the more quiet nature of the visuals, her strings score captures a strong essence of each character's emotional state.

Like I said, take a huge grain of salt in regard to Never let Me Go, which I give ***1/2 out of ****

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