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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 GDR-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
A stunning work for those who like to get swept away by great storytelling and gorgeous cinemaphotography
I confess to being a romantic, one who likes to become enveloped in the unfolding of a film that lavishly strikes a chord of human commonality. Never Look Away takes on a huge and well-known tragic piece of history but has you focus on it not as a documentarian or historian, but as evidence that life is cruel, unjust, infuriating, a struggle- and yet, we all seek and find moments of beauty, love and triumph. The musical score will be said to by some to manipulate; for me, it was the perfect companion to what the film made me feel. Some will call certain coincidences in the film 'contrived'. For me, this is storytelling and what you get to do in film to bring the story to life. As a person, Sebastian Koch couldn't be nicer (I heard the director say this during a live Q&A), and so his performance in the film is even more impressive- so far from his own character. Personally I was grateful the film was 3 hours and had no need to amateur-edit out scenes in my mind to shave minutes away. I wanted to spend that much time, and more, with the characters in this film. It's interesting as trivia to know that the story takes inspiration from aspects of Gerhard Richter's life; but ultimately is unimportant to me in my enjoyment or judgement of the film.
Caleb Deschanel's cinematography is gorgeous; there's a scene where a field of wheat blows in the wind, and the breadth and texture on screen is just intoxicating. He doesn't speak any German, yet it is said that, during filming, he instinctively knew when a scene was just right (another thing I heard the director say during a live Q&A). Scenes like the one where Kurt has a breakthrough in his art are magical and exquisite, entirely belying the extreme amount of technical effort behind its creation.
Trivia on one specific scene:
One might wonder who the people are in the scene where the mother is killed by a beam of wood that fell from the house structure, and the child is also seen to perish in the house fire. The director said in a live Q&A that it's meant to suggest that the little girl was the one called Johanna that Elisabeth was teasing young Kurt about at the start of the film, when they were on the bus leaving the art museum and she asked whom he missed the most since they had to leave their apartment and move elsewhere.
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