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Will filmgoers cling to 'Never Let Me Go'? (with exclusive clip)

September 8, 2010 |  2:22 pm
Bestselling books don't always translate to the big screen, but the movie version of "Never Let Me Go," the dystopian relationship drama based on Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, is already generating high expectations and significant buzz.

As the movie begins to roll out on the fall festival circuit, Mark Romanek's mood piece is eliciting favorable responses for both its rich ideas and subtle performances (the film's actors include Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley) as it explores themes as diverse as loneliness, love, cloning and the ethics of a particular kind of organ donation. (Yes, it's ambitious.)

In a new clip provided exclusively to 24 Frames, the two main protagonists (Mulligan and Garfield) chase down an elusive woman they believe can offer an exemption to the cruel fate that awaits them. It's one more example of a movie that tries to strike just the right note -- on the screen and with filmgoers and awards voters.

--Steven Zeitchik

'Never Let Me Go,' no need to spell it all out