Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #220 Never Let Me Go

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Movie #220 Never Let Me Go

(2010, UK, d. Mark Romanek)

Never Let Me Go is one of the best films of 2010, one that I am sad I was not able to catch earlier. It stars Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield as three ‘friends’ who must cope and try to put on a smile in a world that shows them no mercy and no love. It is a deeply harrowing and painful look at beautiful lives that were fated to terrible ends. The film takes place from the 1970’s to the 1990’s in a sort of parallel reality of our world (though I feel adding those words makes it seem too science-fictiony – It isn’t). It begins by depicting the youth of these three friends at a boarding school in England called Hailsham, where every student is basically being prepped for ‘donations’. To be honest, I feel uncomfortable revealing too much about the nature of these donations, and the purpose of their lives, since these were details that were not marketed on a mass scale. As the children become adults, Romanek studies the strength of a friendship under intense, personal hardships. It is a film that requires very little suspension of disbelief for being based on a science fiction premise. In fact, its depiction of the world is so real and so intricate, any doubts of suspending belief is buried under this incredibly human story of the will to live and love. Nothing is directly told to us, no relationship is spelled out, and little dialogue pushes the movie forward. It is a film about atmosphere, about subtext, about what people aren’t saying too each other that says it all. Never Let Me Go is a film that celebrates the validity of life and of love. It is a powerhouse of an art film that is anchored by the incredible, sadly not-Oscar-nominated performance of Carey Mulligan (in my opinion, her best performance yet). It is one of the best films on this MAD Challenge and I recommend it with highest praise.

  1. I fell in love with this movie- so tragic and beautifully communicated by being artfully understated.

  2. This movie is a work of art. The cinematography is spectacular. The musical score is beautiful yet haunting, accentuated by a cello’s notes. The pace is slow, which can turn people off, but the characters are well developed throughout the story.
    This film moves slowly to a devastating yet poetic ending: we are all here for a reason and “we all complete”. Good movie, but don’t expect fireworks!
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