Monday, September 13, 2010
Film of the Year (so far): the Romanek/ Garland/Ishiguro NEVER LET ME GO
NEVER LET ME GO, the maybe-masterpiece that director Mark Romanek (below) and screenwriter Alex Garland have made from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, we hear this statement addressed, with profound sadness, to two of the film’s three protagonists. Their antagonist is society itself, of course. Historically, most societies have found a way to make their power system – Capitalist, Communist or Fundamentalist – serve those who hold that power and who thus make certain that the “haves” are well-served by the “have-nots,” usually by positioning a portion of their people into the status of “other.”
Ella Purnell, above, as young Ruth, and Isobel Meikle-Small, below left, as young Kathy with Charlie Rowe, who plays young Tommy.)
Cary Mulligan (above, left, from An Education), Keira Knightley, (center, from those "Pirates" movies and The Duchess) and Andrew Garfield (Boy A and the Red Riding Trilogy). They are splendid and unforgettable. Ms Mulligan, in particular, assuming the pivotal role, is a revelation and then some. Her final speech is as moving and profound as anything in the canon. In the supporting cast are Charlotte Rampling (as the headmistress of the school at which our threesome is taught, Natalie Richard as its "art" connoisseur and Sally Hawkins, below, as the teacher who decides to explain their future to the children.
Torchwood: Children of Earth or M. Night's silly The Village and Michael Bay's sillier The Island, of Logan's Run, Soylent Green and other sci-fi films that address the bizarre ways in which society "solves its problems." And of Blade Runner, of course, and what it means to be human.
Snow Cake. The choice of a color this unusual suggests, I think, what lies in store.
Fox Searchlight, opens this Wednesday, September 15. In New York City, it will play at the AMC Loew's Lincoln Square 13 and at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema.