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
The external shot of Ruth's Care Facility is Andrew Melville Hall, one of the Halls of Residence for students at the University of St. Andrews, in Fife, Scotland. See more »
All of the donors in the movie appear to begin donating after they're well into early adulthood. In reality, donations could begin while the donors were still in high school, significantly reducing the cost of housing, feeding and providing medical care to the donors. In the US, for example, donations are often made by people under 18. See more »
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The Hailsham School Song can be briefly heard at the very end of the credits. See more »
Never Let Me Go is, in my eyes, an elegant and heartbreaking movie, but it's not for everyone.
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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