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Never Look Away (2018)

Werk ohne Autor (original title)
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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 DDR-regime.
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Schilling ... Kurt Barnert
Sebastian Koch ... Professor Carl Seeband
Paula Beer ... Ellie Seeband
Saskia Rosendahl ... Elisabeth May
Oliver Masucci ... Professor Antonius van Verten
Hanno Koffler ... Günther Preusser
Cai Cohrs Cai Cohrs ... Kurt Barnert 6 Jahre
Evgeniy Sidikhin ... NKWD Major Murawjow
Ulrike C. Tscharre ... Frau Hellthaler
Jörg Schüttauf ... Johann Barnert
Jeanette Hain ... Waltraut Barnert
Hans-Uwe Bauer Hans-Uwe Bauer ... Professor Horst Grimma
Ina Weisse Ina Weisse ... Martha Seeband
Lars Eidinger ... Ausstellungsführer Heiner Kerstens
Johanna Gastdorf ... Großmutter Malvine
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Storyline

Young artist Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling) has fled to West-Germany, but he continues to be tormented by the experiences he made in his childhood and youth in the Nazi years and during the DDR-regime. When he meets the student Ellie (Paula Beer), he is convinced that he has met the love of his life and begins to create paintings that mirror not only his own fate, but also the traumas of an entire generation. Written by Wiedemann & Berg Film

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Rated R for graphic nudity, sexuality and brief violent images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Features a 15-minute sequence without dialogue, which includes the artist's development of an idea as well as a sex scene between him and his wife. See more »

Goofs

The signage on the pillar on the left to the stair in the Düsseldorf women's hospital says "Chirugie" where it correctly should be "Chirurgie". See more »

Quotes

Kurt Barnert: It's far too easy to love you. You're so beautiful, it's almost unromantic.
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Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Boys
Performed by The Shirelles
Music and lyrics by Luther Dixon, Wes Farrell
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Outstanding
1 November 2018 | by pmd3See all my reviews

An unlikely premise perhaps and a rather unrealistic bombing of Dresden but otherwise a throughly enjoyable and thoughtful film. The three hour version had not a single dull moment.Well worth seeing.


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Release Date:

3 October 2018 (Germany) See more »

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Berlin, Germany See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,304,042

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,246,266
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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