Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

 ... you can learn from:

Never Let Me Go (2010)

Kathy: It had never occurred to me that our lives, which had been so closely interwoven, could unravel with such speed. If I'd known, maybe I'd have kept tighter hold of them and not let unseen tides pull us apart.

Mark Romanek's devastating adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguru's devastating novel was released in theaters ten years ago today -- I have told this story before but this means that it was ten years ago tonight that I was sitting in the Sunshine Cinema in Manhattan waiting for this movie to start when Carey Mulligan herself stood up from her seat towards the front of the theater, turned around and waved at all of us and thanked us genuinely for coming to see her movie, of which she said she was very very proud. She wasn't scheduled to do an introduction or anything, she was just there to watch the movie with us. Anyway I fell in love with Carey right that minute and thankfully she turned out to be the greatest actress of her generation and I've been able to maintain that love this whole damn time since.

I haven't gone back and watched this movie in awhile because every time I think about re-watching it I literally start to cry, but I should. Here's my review from ten years ago, in case you've never read that -- it's a longer one and a little personal, but the movie really moved me at the time. I have no doubt it will again, when I can summon the emotional courage to visit it anew. If anything its tale of humanity commodified, turned profit, is only more relevant now.


Tom M said...

She is just astonishing. Finally watched Wildlife last week (hush, i know...) and that performance just reaffirmed how great she is and how underappreciated. So gutsy and humane and unafraid of the mysteries of contradiction.

Anonymous said...

Carey Mulligan is supremely gifted. I first took note of her in An Education (with the adorable Peter Sarsgaard, also a great actor), which is a terrific movie. She seems to choose her roles very carefully.