“Never Let Me Go” is such a beautiful film that it makes me curious as to how it flew right under the radar. It contains some of the most gentle and touching performances I have seen this year. This is the second directorial effort from Mark Romanek who’s first film was “One Hour Photo”.
The story follows, Kathy played by Carey Mulligan, Tommy played by Andrew Garifled and Ruth played by Keira Knightley. They live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly ideal 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 away from each other.
The film is narrated by Kathy as she reminisces about her childhood at Hailsham. 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.
The film is based on a book by Kazuo Ishiguro. Mark Romanek and his screen writer Alex Garland never step wrong in their transition from book to screen. This is one of the few films I think that actually helps you appreciate the book more if you have read it first.