Wild Young Minds: Never let me go

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Never let me go

First of all, I want to say I'm sorry for my lack of posts recently.
It's a lame excuse I know, but I've been extremely busy last days.
School, work, nice things coming up (tell you more about it when I know more!), friends and my upcoming trips to Paris and New York. Well, I haven't really been busy with that, but more with the mental preparation ;)
Anyway, of course I was able to find time to go to the movies. I simply make time for that, especially for a classy film with style in the Verkadefabriek. Last tuesday I went to 'Never let me go', starring Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley.
Two distinctive British girls, best friends in real life, with already some acting experience together (in 'Pride & the Prejudice', where Carey Mulligan was Keira Knightley's little sister). This time Carey Mulligan had the leading part.

'Never let me go' is hard to understand. Though I thought I did very well at the beginning, eventually it turned out I didn't get the crux of the matter at all!
It's about two girls and a boy who go to a boarding-school in England in the seventies. They are very different. Carey Mulligan (Kathy) is quiet and loyal and Keira Knightley (Ruth) is more outgoing. Kathy falls for an outsider (his name is Tommy) who tends to get agressive sometimes. Though it looks as if he likes her as well, he ends up with Ruth eventually. Ruth and Tommy stay together for several years, which is heartbreaking for Kathy of course.

The curious thing about these three children, and with the other children at the boarding-school as well, is that they are scientific specimen, created in a laboratory. Yes, that's right, they are cloned. No parents, no lineage but the exact same version of some other person in this world.

The aim of their lifes, is that they give organs to sick people. When they are old enough, let's say between the age of 20 and 30, they have to donate organs, which is deadly. Most of the 'special children', who are more prescribed as lower class people than special in the meaning of great, die after their third donation, also called: the completion.

The film is beautiful. The story is brilliant, though based on nothing but fantasy, it's really creepy, in a psychologic way. The type-casting is extremely well. Carey Mulligan looks exactly like little Kathy and so does Keira Knightley look like Ruth.

If you want to see a good movie that will stay with you for a long long time, you ought to see 'Never let me go'. May sound eerie, but I have a feeling that it will take a long time for this film let's you go. In a positive way of course ;)

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