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'Never Let me Go,' an early awards contender (very early)

June 16, 2010 |  1:48 pm

It's way soon to start talking about awards movies (though that never seems to stop anyone). But it's impossible to watch the trailer for the dystopian relationship drama "Never Let Me Go" and not think about this fall's Oscar season. The piece of marketing material, which Fox Searchlight has just released, is a haunting and moving collection of scenes from the movie in which Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield form a love triangle in an England not quite like the one we know.

Kazuo Ishiguro's book was a modern classic, and early word on the film is of a strong mood piece, nuanced character drama and heady movie of ideas all rolled into one. Look for a Venice/Toronto premiere, a slow but effective rollout in October and then, maybe, Academy and Golden Globes buzz not long after. We've been here before with Searchlight, haven't we....

-- Steven Zeitchik
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that trailer is an early awards contender only if the awards happen to be for awkward, mawkish trailers.

I think the trailer is excellent and shows a film that has great potential. It is definitely something different than what we're used to which is always good. And the talented cast is a big draw, I mean Knightley, Mulligan, Garfield, Hawkins, Rampling, etc. I think the movie will be excellent and quite possibly an Oscar contender.

The trailer looks awesome, even at first glance. "Oscar" is probably surrounding the film because Carey Mulligan was just nominated for one. I do have to say that the book is a masterpiece and if they can translate that onto screen with a continuance of the level of performance in the trailer, than the movie will be a masterpiece also.


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