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Never Let Me Go (2010). Directed by Mark Romanek and based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro. The film is set in present day England, albeit in an alternate universe where a subset of humans are bred and brought up with the specific purpose of donating their organs. The story is told partly in flashback, with a love triangle between the three principla characters Kathy, Tommy and Ruth, even when they are children at school. The three of them are part of the subset brought up for their organs, and after Kathy is spurned by Tommy for Ruth, while they are teenagers, she eventually becomes a carer, a person that looks after others who are donating their organs. Never Let Me Go is very much the classic British dystopian drama, although those expecting post-apocalyptic landscapes will be disappointed as it's mostly set in normal every day environments. The science fiction element forms the foundation of the story, although it is also very much about the relationships between the three characters. Carey Mulligan is excellent as the rather distant and whimsical Kathy, and Keira Knightley is well cast as the rather spiteful and conflicted Ruth. The story itself is fairly dry and bleak, hence you need to get pulled into the atmosphere to enjoy, which I was. It's most similar to Gattaca, in terms of the delicate style and story, but is still markedly different. A beautiful and haunting classical soundtrack by Rachel Portman accompanies. Those who enjoy the bleak and dystopian, albeit tinged with romance, should enjoy. 4/5 (Good)


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I cried for ages when I read the book - for me the pathos came from the fact that they were kids who were deliberately produced as spare parts, and their teacher had to try to prove that they were human to the outside world and that they thought and felt. Amazing book.

It takes a fair few minutes until that's clear in the film, although I understand the book and film are very similar. It's clear in the film at least that something strange is going on.

An odd and depressing film, but at least it's different.

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