Never Let Me Go is a movie that I have been waiting to see a trailer for a while. The movie is based on the book of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro. Ishiguro also wrote Remains of the Day. The movie stars Kiera Knightley and Carey Mulligan. Their last picture together was Pride and Prejudice which is one of my favorite movies and was Mulligan’s first big acting job. The movie also stars Andrew Garfield (Red Riding), Charlotte Rampling (The Duchess also with Knightley), and Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky). The official synopsis from Fox Searchlight (which does not give away much more than the trailer does):
“In his highly acclaimed novel Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day) created a remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths. In it he posed the fundamental question: What makes us human? Now director Mark Romanek (ONE HOUR PHOTO), writer Alex Garland and DNA Films bring Ishiguro’s hauntingly poignant and emotional story to the screen. Kathy (Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan, AN EDUCATION), Tommy (Andrew Garfield, BOY A, RED RIDING) and Ruth (Oscar® nominee Keira Knightley, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, ATONEMENT) 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 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 the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.”
I have been debating for over 6 months now whether or not to read the book before the movie comes out. With this trailer, I might have to read it. It’s an intriguing plot, and I love my period piece films. I would bet some money that this movie will be a contender come awards season. Feel free to comment that is a ripoff of The Island. I am sure we will hear about that a lot. Never Let Me Go is in theatres October 1, 2010 in a limited release. UPDATE: The release date for the US has been moved up to September 15, 2010.