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Never Look Away Critics Consensus Never Look Away fills its protracted running time with the absorbing story of an incredible life -- and its impact on the singular artist who lived it. Want to see. Super Reviewer. View All Videos 1. View All Photos Movie Info. The film goes from a childhood witnessing Nazi Germany, to post-war East Berlin, where he falls in love with a young woman Paula Beer, Frantz, The Dark Valley, Transit whose father is an ex-Nazi murderer in hiding Sebastian Koch, The Lives of Others, Homeland, Blackbook , to escaping to the West at the time of the Berlin Wall, and ultimately being part of the exciting new movement in contemporary art.
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Sony Pictures Classics. Tom Schilling as Kurt Barnert. Sebastian Koch as Professor Carl Seeband. Paula Beer as Ellie Seeband.
'Never Look Back' tightly wound thriller
Saskia Rosendahl as Elisabeth May. Oliver Masucci as Professor Antonius van Verten. Ina Weisse as Martha Seeband. Jeannette Hain as Waltraut Barnert. Jun 19, Rating: 4. Mar 1, Rating: A- Full Review….
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Aug 5, Full Review…. Jul 5, Rating: 2. View All Critic Reviews Mar 10, Seeing his name attached to any movie was enough to secure my ticket. Going back to his native language, the director traces the life of a young, daring Dresden artist, loosely based on Gerhard Richter, trying to find his sense of self and truth from the reign of the Nazis to the GDR under Soviet influence. It's a sprawling yet intimate human drama that has a full range of emotions, from the swooping romance to the heartbreak.
It balances many emotions and tones as it presents a rich portrait of a young man's life set across a fascinating backdrop. His free-spirited aunt, an inspirational figure, is abducted due to her schizophrenia and ultimately sentenced to death by an SS-enabling doctor Sebastian Koch. This gets even more complicated when he goes to college and starts secretly dating the daughter The simple strokes of a love story, or the disapproving father trying to destroy their love story, or the efforts of the family post-war to find some foothold in a new East Germany, it all adds up to a deeply felt and deeply alluring human drama with plenty of breathing room.
The length 3 hours 8 minutes gets to be unwieldy, especially during the third hour when we visit our second art school education. It's just less generally captivating to watch a guy try and find his artistic voice when his life has all this other potent drama afoot, and that's even after the lingering fallout from a forced abortion and hidden Nazi searches.
Never Look Away is compelling, compassionate, thoughtful, and a tad too long for its own good. Hopefully the director doesn't take another long eight years for a follow-up please! Nate Z Super Reviewer. Mar 01, What von Donnersmarck does here is embrace a number of narrative elements that are so common in melodramas and then simply refuse to bring out the kind of conflict that one would expect to see from them - which ends up being simultaneously frustrating, daring and more meaningful.
Carlos M Super Reviewer.
Jan 08, It may have a torturous 3 hour-plus running time, but this intimate epic spans across decades of 20th century German history while challenging itself and its audience as to the nature of art. It's never boring, despite the fact that we sometimes literally watch paint dry. The story of fictional artist, Kurt Barnert Tom Schilling , loosely based on the painter Gerhard Richter, starts in the late s with the Nazis gaining power and force-feeding such exhibits as "Degenerate Art' down the public's throat as an example of how not to express oneself in the Third Reich.
It's at such an exhibit where we meet a young Kurt and his free-spirited Aunt Elisabeth the gifted Saskia Rosendahl. Despite living with mental health challenges, his Aunt imparts the wisdom of the movie's title, imploring her nephew to truly look at what's in front of him, however unpleasant. In a heartbreaking scene, Elisabeth plays the piano in front of Kurt while naked and repeatedly abuses herself with an ashtray. Although carted off by the Nazis to never be seen again, her words resonate throughout the rest of the story.
At the mental hospital, we meet Dr. Carl Seeband Sebastian Koch , a quite evil Nazi, who oversees the deaths of such "less desirables". Unsure if he wants to pursue a career in art with life such as it is under Hitler, Kurt survives World War II, suffering other family tragedies, only to end up a young aspiring artist in Soviet-occupied, post-war Germany. From one oppressive environment to another, we see his talents used for propaganda art.
Anne Maitland is the King's Counsel who receives an unexpected late-night visit from ex-boyfriend Guy Ransome Middleton. When Ransome is then accused of murdering his mistress on the same night, Anne takes on his defense.
In a court battle against Nigel Stewart, a barrister who is madly in love with her, Maitland clears Ransome of murder by disclosing her earlier relationship with him, and that he was staying in her flat on the night of the crime. However, when it is discovered that Ransome did commit the murder, Maitland's reputation is in tatters.
But this failure leaves her finally able to marry Nigel Stewart when he is no longer a professional threat. TV Guide gave the film two out of four stars, and wrote, "the British legal system is invested with enough romantic drama to rival a soap opera in this intriguing thriller. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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