Mark Romanek and Alex Garland ’s adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s high-concept weepie was the big casualty of awards season, deemed too remote and ridiculous to attract accolades despite its credentials.
It’s certainly a frustrating film, chiefly because it comes this close to achieving its aching emotion; much depends on whether you buy its premise with the same stoic meekness borne by the characters.
The excellent Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield are affecting as doomed lovers raised (alongside a disconcertingly baleful Keira Knightley) in a creepy boarding school, but Romanek’s austere visuals and glacial pace conspire to still the film’s beating heart.
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