Mulligan was cast in the role after Peter Rice, the head of the company financing the film, recommended her by text message while watching her performance in. Never Let Me Go was met with generally positive reviews from film critics, with most reviewers praising the cast's performances. In the third and final act, in 1994, Kathy is still working as a carer, and has watched many donors gradually die as their organs are harvested. Never Let Me Go was originally expected to have its world premiere at the in September, but Fox replaced it with. Ishiguro stated that, despite Garland's screenwriting skills and previous experience with film, they did not discuss the idea of a film until after the novel was complete. Tom Preston from described Mulligan and Garfield's acting as solid, while commenting that Knightley's emotional performances are occasionally jarring. Romanek said that he did not make Never Let Me Go a science fiction film; rather, he was presenting a love story with fictional science context mixed in.
Guardian News and Media Limited. He took them to the school location and let them play games together so they could get a better idea of the layout of the place. She was eager and happy to do it because the role called for it. She has no family to turn to for support, so when she finds out she's pregnant, she winds up at the Brewer's door. Richard was cast as an administrator, who is known as Madame. She is consumed with guilt and has been searching for a way to help Tommy and Kathy.
Knightley admitted that she only agreed to appear in Never Let Me Go because co-star and friend Mulligan had asked her to. Production design was done by Mark Digby, and Adam Kimmel was assigned to cinematography. Never Let Me Go is set in an alternative history and centres on Kathy, Ruth and Tommy portrayed by , and respectively, who become entangled in a. David Gritten of saluted the film, applauding the production and the performances of its supporting cast. I wanted to make a love story. Kathy is left alone, waiting for her donations which will begin in a month. The producers initially had trouble finding an actress to play Kathy.
The film was released in the United Kingdom on 11 February 2011, and in France on 9 February 2011. The beach at is also featured in the film. Hawkins, who co-starred with Mulligan in An Education, had a supporting role as Miss Lucy, who is a teacher at an isolated English boarding school where the students slowly become aware of the fact that they are feared by people in the outside world. The publication noted that when its release widened to over 200 theatres the previous weekend its per-theatre average was so low that its decided to cut its screens in the succeeding weeks. At the farm, they meet former pupils of schools similar to theirs, and it is revealed that they are all.
He left behind a grieving mother, father and younger brother, and Rose was left all alone. An example he mentioned was how Ruth tries to seek redemption by attempting to set right a big mistake she had made. Never Let Me Go premièred at the 37th annual , presented by the National Film Preserve. She recalled that from when she first read the book three years ago she had wanted to play Kathy. Prior to her casting, Mulligan had already read the novel a few times, considering it to be a favourite of hers. She noted that her role did not require her to have much to say, because Kathy was more of an observer throughout most of the film.
Jess uses elaborate excuses to hide her matches from her family while also dealing with her romantic feelings for her coach, Joe. The first act of the film depicts the young Kathy Izzy Meikle-Small , along with her friends Tommy Charlie Rowe and Ruth Ella Purnell , spending their childhood at Hailsham in the late 1970s. The Hollywood Reporter critic Jay A. Never Let Me Go was scheduled for a for select cities in the United States on 1 October 2010, but the date was later moved up to 15 September. A large property on the seafront was used on 12 and 13 May 2009 to act as the exterior for the residence of Madame, where Tommy and Kathy go to apply for a deferral. That same month it was also screened in competition at Japan's.
Ishiguro was very satisfied with Garland's screenplay—which was changed very little from its initial draft to the filmed version—and with the final film. The film ends with Tommy dying on the operating table. In the United States, Never Let Me Go was released on on 1 February 2011. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them. Tommy explains to Kathy that he has been creating art in the hope that it will aid deferral.
The film was distributed by to cinemas in the United States on 15 September 2010, where it was given a. The film begins with on-screen captions explaining that a medical breakthrough in 1952 has permitted the human lifespan to be extended beyond 100 years. A location on Hill Road In was used, and a shop was converted into a travel agency. According to Mulligan, a problem during the production was that her role required her to drive: at the time she did not know how to drive or have a driver's licence. The festival began on 3 September 2010, running through in a remote town. He commented that not even the cast's performance, particularly Garfield's, were enough to redeem the film.
Never Let Me Go premiered at the 37th annual in September 2010, where the audience responded positively to its message. Romanek told The Los Angeles Times that he originally was having difficulty finding the right actress to play Kathy; a tight filming deadline loomed prior to Mulligan's casting. There, Ruth admits that she did not love Tommy, and only seduced him because she was afraid to be alone. It opened on 14 January 2011 in the United Kingdom. The restaurant scene, which is featured in the trailer and in promotional screenshots, was shot in the Regent Restaurant and Coffee Lounge in in April 2009. He said that most of the rehearsal schedule was devoted to ensuring that the first act would be good. Before the novel was published in 2005, Garland had already written a script for a possible film.
Roberts felt that Mulligan and Knightley were not convincing in portraying their ages until the last third of the movie. Archived from on 17 October 2010. It was the 28th top grossing film at the box office for that week. As they take in the news on their return journey, Tommy breaks down in an explosion of rage and frustration, and he and Kathy cling to each other in grief. Chiswick Town Hall, a dark building in London, was also used as a shooting location.