After lovelorn Katie (Kelly MacDonald) is dumped at the altar, she returns home to her windswept Scottish island, thinking she will never walk down the aisle. Little does she know that Hollywood superstar Lara (Alice Eve) has chosen the island as the secret venue for her marriage to her gorgeous boyfriend James (David Tennant).
But with the paparazzi hard on her tail, Lara needs to throw them off the scent. Katie agrees to dress in white and walk down the aisle as Lara’s ‘decoy bride.’ Wedding bells ring, love blooms, but who ends up happily ever after?
|The Decoy Bride at Cannes Film Festival last year|
|Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan|
This is one of the saddest, most nightmarish stories I've ever watched. Excellent acting and beautiful locations, this film is an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel of the same title. You follow Ruth, Kathy and Tommy in their apparently idyllic childhood in their wonderful college in the countryside until they one they listen to one of the most terrible lessons by one of their teachers, Miss Lucy :
"None of you will go to America. None of you will work in supermarkets. None of you will do anything, except live the life that has already been set out for you..."
|Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan|
She will soon be sent away because totally unsuitable for the task she was expected to fulfil. She dared reveal those creatures the horrible truth about the purpose of their lives. You are there as shocked as those children and go on all the movie through hoping there may be an escape for those children from their unlucky fate. Touching and thought-provoking but so dark. As I said at the beginning it is nightmarish, but, somehow, it is lyrical and romantic at the same time. When I discovered what it was about, I had promised myself I wouldn't see it. Instead, I couldn't resist when I bumped into it on a satellite channel on TV while drinking my after-lunch coffee last Friday. I couldn't resist and I started watching, then I couldn't stop. With an indescribable pain in my heart I saw it till its dreadful end.
Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan are Ruth and Kathy. They are on set together again after their first experience as Elizabeth and Kitty Bennet in Pride and Prejudice 2005. Miss Lucy is Sally Hawkins (Anne Elliot in Persuasion 2007) and the headmistress at Halisham, Miss Emily, is Charlotte Rampling. Sweet Tommy as an adult is Andrew Garfield (Social Network)
I am definitely glad I finally came to see Never Let Me Go. And I particularly liked what Kathy said at the end of the movie, which may sound cryptic to you if you haven't read the novel or watched the film:
"What I'm not sure about, is if our lives have been so different from the lives of the people we save. We all complete. Maybe none of us really understand what we've lived through, or feel we've had enough time".
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