“Never Let Me Go” takes place sometimes in the future in the United Kingdom.
The movie begins with what looks to be a gathering at a strict British boarding school. At the time, neither the audience nor the children realize that this is not an ordinary boarding school.
We are introduced to the movie’s three central characters as children: Ruth, Kathy and Tommy.
Most of the movie takes place during the main characters’ young adult lives (late teens and early twenties).
The movie is based on the book of the same name, “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro, who also wrote the book, “The Remains of the Day” (made into a movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson).
The novel and the movie get their name from the song, “Never Let Me Go” that Carey Mulligan‘s character listens to over and over. Didn’t we all have a 45-single that we listened to over and over when we were young?
There are some tender moments between Carey Mulligans’s character, Kathy and Andrew Garfield’s character, Tommy. These moments go to the heart of the movie, so, I won’t play spoiler.
“Never Let Me Go” lingers in your mind for a couple of days after viewing, especially if you haven’t read the book. I saw the movie first, then, read the book. Both are sweet, and, innocent, and, sad. I won’t say more… I think it’s important to watch “Never Let Me Go” with fresh eyes.
Carey Mulligan won the 2010 British Independent Film award for Best Actress for her performance in “Never Let Me Go.”