12 March 2013

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go 2010
  • Director: Mark Romanek
  • Based on Book: by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Cast: Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightly, Andrew Garfield, Izzy Meikle-Small, Charlie Rowe, Ella Purnell, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins, Domhnall Gleeson, David Sterne
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
    • Carey Mulligan – An Education, Public Enemies
    • Keira Knightly: Atonement, Pirates of the Caribbean, Love Actually
    • Andrew Garfield – The Amazing Spiderman, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Boy A
    • Charlie Rowe – The Boat that Rocked
    • Charlotte Rampling – Melancholia, Lemming
    • Sally Hawkins – An Education, Little Britain, Vera Drake
    • Domhnall Gleeson – Harry Potter (one of the Weasley twins)
    • David Sterne – Harry Potter and the Flaming Goblet, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hustle, Merlin
  • Why bought: had read the book
  • Seen: once – September 16, 2012

This is one of the saddest and most beautiful love stories I’ve ever seen.  It’s so low-keyed and subdued and so utterly believable that you forget it’s science fiction (I hope it is anyway).  With the most subtle and everyday conversations between young adults who know they are going to die soon because they’ve been cloned as organ donators we are asked deeply moving existential questions: Why do we live when we’re going to die anyway? And how do we make it meaningful if not through relationships and art?
Whether or not technology evolves to make the cloning of humans feasible the moral ambiguities raised by the movie are relevant. The movie is about clones but it is also about us.
10* stars of 10.

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