Thursday, February 17, 2011

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go is a 2010 British dystopian drama film based on the 2005 novel of the same name written by Kazuo Ishiguro.

The movie was directed by Mark Romanek from a screenplay written by Alex Garland.

It stars Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield. Never Let Me Go centers on Kathy, Ruth and Tommy, played respectively by Mulligan, Knightley and Garfield, who become entangled in a love triangle and are scientific specimens, created in a laboratory and raised in order to provide their organs to severely ill patients. 


Never Let Me Go premiered at the 37th annual Telluride Film Festival in September 2010, where the audience positively responded to its message. The movie has since been screened at a number of festivals, including the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival as well as opening the 54th London Film Festival. It was distributed theatrically by Fox Searchlight Pictures in the United States on 15 September 2010, where it was given a limited release. Other release dates for the movie include a 14 January 2011, date for the United Kingdom. In the US, playing at four theatres, Never Let Me Go grossed over $111,000 in its opening weekend. As the number of theaters it played at began to expand, it continued to make more money each week, going to earn over $800,000 in total in the United States. Never Let Me Go was met with generally positive reviews from film critics, with most reviewers praising the cast's overall performances.

Kathy (Mulligan), Tommy (Garfield) and Ruth (Knightley) live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but is not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school.

When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed to them, they must also confront their deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.

The film is narrated by 28-year-old Kathy H. as she reminisces about her childhood at Hailsham, as well as her adult life after leaving the school. The story takes place in a dystopian Britain, in which human beings are cloned to provide donor organs for transplants. Kathy and her classmates have been created to be donors, though the adult Kathy is temporarily working as a "carer", someone who supports and comforts donors as they are made to give up their organs and, eventually, submit to death. As in Ishiguro’s other works, the truth of the matter is made clear only gradually, via veiled but suggestive language and situations. Both Ruth and Tommy die.

The film is divided into multiple parts, chronicling phases in the lives of its main characters.
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A sad and touching love story.

I remembered when I was young, I always thought that if the guy really loves me, (and I like/love him too), even though there might be another woman who go after this guy, he will eventually choose me. In the end, just like in the movie, I was wrong all the time. Although their relationship didn't last long, it just proved that those men I loved before are too easily being tempted in many situations.

My hubby said, guy will easily be manipulated or moved by the 'active' woman. Compare to the quiet and 'passive' woman they admired, it seems like the 'active' one is easier to get (as they already offered themselves to the men) and make them think that she is the one.

My sister also told me before that, it is like tempting a hungry man with a fried chicken drumstick everyday. Sooner or later he will take a bite when nobody is around. Hmm...this will fit in those who have affair, I think.

In Mandarin, there's a saying "男追女隔重山,女追男隔重纱". Obviously, it is easier for a woman to go after a man comparing for a man to go after a woman.

However, I believe in destiny. We should learn how to cherish the man/woman we are having now. Life is short. Have you shown your love to your loved one today?!

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