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Directed by: Mark Romanek

Produced: 2010

Countries & Regions: United Kingdom, United States

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Certificate: 12

Length: 103 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 27 June 2011

Cat No: 4893601000

Extras:
DVD 9
Anamorphic (16:9)
Languages(s): English
Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English
Interactive Menu
Screen ratio 1:2.35
Dolby Digital 5.1

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Never Let Me Go

Cast: Charlotte Rampling , Keira Knightley , Sally Hawkins , Carey Mulligan , Andrew Garfield , Hannah Sharp , Isobel Meikle-Small , Charlie Rowe , Ella Purnell , Kate Bowes Renna , Christina Carrafiell

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Writer Alex Garland adapts Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel for the big screen with this fantasy drama directed by Mark Romanek. Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield star respectively as Kathy, Ruth and Tommy, three childhood friends who reunite as adults to look back on their days at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic but markedly offbeat boarding school in rural England. As the former classmates journey into their shared past, painful memories of love, jealousy and betrayal are brought to the surface, and the sinister secret at the heart of their unusual upbringing is finally revealed.

With Never Let Me Go, an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel from a script by The Beach’s Alex Garland, Mark Romanek has crafted a picture whose dark heart is designed to wrongfoot and perplex expectations at almost every step. It’s a wonderful looking film, with moments of stark beauty recalling Terence Malick’s The Thin Red Line combining with a sense of aching fragility.

It concerns three children, Cathy, Tommy and Ruth, who we watch grow to adulthood, with Cathy (Carey Mulligan) nursing an unrequited crush on Tommy (Andrew Garfield) while Ruth (Keira Knightley, outside her comfort zone and all the better for it) sees all and takes what she wants regardless. What complicates matters is that they were raised in a strange boarding school that has a mysterious agenda. To say more would ruin its unsettling story.

Remarkably, the film was damned with faint praise on its cinematic release. It deserves better. It’s something of a gem that warrants serious reappraisal.

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