Never Look Away (2018)


“Don’t look away. Never look away, Kurt. All that is true is beautiful.” – Elisabeth May

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Feb 2021)

Brief Synopsis – An artist living in West Berlin in the 60’s tries to come to terms with his childhood under the Nazis.

My Take on it – Intriguing idea that drags along too much for its own good.

The film clocks in at slightly over 3 hours and the there are too many lulls along the way.

They do a nice job showing the various differences between the East and West Berlin of those days and we get to see how intellectualism and the ability to express oneself in different ways was encouraged.

The film also has a great plot thread dealing with the attempt to uncover truths from twenty years earlier during the Nazi regime and that is played out quite well.

The characters unfortunately aren’t developed on a deep enough level that would help us care more about them or anything that happens to them along the way which is quite a shame because that would have made things even more powerful to watch unfold.

The fact that this is base don real events also helps make things more engaging to watch unfold.

The way that the story gives the audience information that the characters don’t know adds another level to things because we are eagerly awaiting when things will come to a head.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One of three foreign language films to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in the same year, the other two being Roma (2018) and Cold War (2018). This is the first time in Oscar history that three out of the five nominees were foreign films. All three films were also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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