Never Look Away

Never Look Away

(Werk Ohne Autor)

Sebastian Koch reteams with his The Lives of Others director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck in this Venice Golden Lion-nominated German drama.... More

Kurt (Tom Schilling, A Coffee in Berlin) is a young art student who falls in love with fellow student, Ellie (Paula Beer, Frantz). Ellie’s father, Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch, The Lives of Others), a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter’s choice of boyfriend, and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago.Hide

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  • Even when it stumbles, it remains watchable and engaging, partly because von Donnersmarck possesses an old-fashioned Hollywood showman's sensibility. Full Review

  • The German Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film is a triumphant return form to filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, a treatise on love and war and the limitless reach of art that, even when it trips up, is never less than exhilarating. Full Review

  • In a larger sense, the film is about the postwar generation of Germans desperate for a new direction, and when Henckel von Donnersmarck focuses on the artmaking, it's powerful - a persuasive statement about the transformative power of representation. Full Review

  • "Never Look Away" is nothing if not classical in its approach: It is stately and composed, clear-eyed and engrossing. Full Review

  • One of the subtler strengths of "Never Look Away" is the canny evocation of a war-weary, defeated population who did not experience communism as a revolution but a substitution. Full Review

  • Admirably restrained, this is nonetheless a historical drama on an expansive canvas that, even though it runs over three hours, is always engaging. Full Review

  • Never Look Away is an often moving, thoughtful drama about the correlations between personal experience, politics and art. Full Review

  • Never Look Away is a hard film to dislike. There is just too mush [sic] quality, seriousness of intent and nobility of purpose here to not at least respect. Full Review