Movie Review – Never Look Away (2018)

Never Look Away, 2018.

Written and Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.

Starring Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl, Oliver Masucci, Lars Eidinger, Florian Bartholomäi, Hanno Koffler, Rainer Bock, Ulrike C. Tscharre, Pit Bukowski, Ben Becker, Ina Weisse, Evgeniy Sidikhin, Johanna Gastdorf, Johannes Allmayer, Jörg Schüttauf, Stefan Mehren, Mark Zak, Bastian Trost, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Jeanette Hain, Hinnerk Schönemann, Martin Bruchman, David Schütter, Andreas Nickl, Cai Cohrs, Franz Pätzold, and Jonas Dassler.

Synopsis:

German artist Kurt Barnert has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the Gdr-regime.

Despite the title Never Look Away, the 3+ hour running time of this sprawling and ambitious semi-biographical story of famed German artist Gerhard Richter (renamed here Kurt Barnert) might send inpatient viewers running for the hills. That sentiment even applies for moviegoers that might have a slight passing interest in the general synopsis.
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