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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.

Director:

Mark Romanek

Writers:

Kazuo Ishiguro (novel), Alex Garland (screenplay)
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8 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carey Mulligan ... Kathy
Andrew Garfield ... Tommy
Izzy Meikle-Small ... Young Kathy (as Isobel Meikle-Small)
Charlie Rowe ... Young Tommy
Ella Purnell ... Young Ruth
Charlotte Rampling ... Miss Emily
Sally Hawkins ... Miss Lucy
Kate Bowes Renna Kate Bowes Renna ... Miss Geraldine
Hannah Sharp ... Amanda
Christina Carrafiell Christina Carrafiell ... Laura
Oliver Parsons ... Arthur
Luke Bryant Luke Bryant ... David
Fidelis Morgan ... Matron
Damien Thomas ... Doctor
Nathalie Richard ... Madame
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nunca me abandones See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1978, 1985 and 1994. See more »

Goofs

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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.3 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

YE BANKS AND BRAES
Traditional
Arranged and Performed by Phil Kelsall
Published by Patterdale Music Ltd/Conexion Music Ltd
Courtesy of Demon Music Group Ltd
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"Never Let Me Go" is a jewel of a film
18 October 2010 | by mediumyaleSee all my reviews

I was in awe of the visual overtones in this gorgeously made film. Deep, subtle, beautiful and cryptic--"Never Let Me Go" is sure to instigate profound conversations after the screening. Like "Dead Man Walking" (1995) and "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) there's a social morale buried under this sumptuous love story.

The film follows the friendship of three children growing up in a tightly-secured boarding school in Britain, beginning in 1978. They are cutoff from the outside world; a life without a choice, but a life with a designated focus. The story spans almost three decades, following them from childhood to adulthood. The surroundings are ever constant, even though the film follows them for three decades.

I would love to reveal what these special individuals are modeled and raised for, but giving away that revelation wouldn't be fair to the viewers. I must say, it's a very unique premise; one that gives the audience a very improbable connection between images and content. "Never Let Me Go" struck a nerve. I felt for these characters, very deeply. I wanted them to realize what these young and loving individuals could've achieved in the world they grew up in. They were brainwashed into thinking they were isolated from everyone else, but in reality, there were no boundaries. They could've escaped from the life they were brought-up in and should've rebelled from the establishment. Angry, sad, sweet, longing, optimistic—I love it when a film channels these ambivalent emotions and allows me to ponder about an alternate direction for the characters to venture into. If a film does that, then it must work.

After viewing this movie, I'm very curious about picking up the novel to see how the filmmakers translated the descriptions into these picturesque images. My guess is that the book is written on the same lines as "The Horse Whisperer"—with deft metaphors and rich characterizations.

As much as I wanted closure to the narrative, I think the film does a great justice by leaving the audience in the dark. It gives the viewer more room to think, and it stimulates an array of intelligent inquiries. "Never Let Me Go" dares the viewer to look beyond the beautiful imagery and delicate character interrelationships, and discover a multitude of hidden meanings and themes. Above all, this is an exquisitely crafted tale about love, loss, individuality, and the boundaries of life.


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