Sunday 21 July 2019

Never Look Away review: 'An ambitious, compelling film'

5 stars

Never Look Away
Never Look Away
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

In wartime Dresden, a beautiful city that will soon be obliterated by the RAF, a young boy called Kurt visits an exhibition of so-called ‘decadent art’ with his beautiful but eccentric Aunt Elizabeth.

It’s 1940, Elizabeth will shortly be sectioned, sterilised and gassed, and young Kurt will face much adversity as he struggles to express himself artistically.

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s epic is loosely based on the life of the German artist Gerhard Richter, and combines a very personal journey with the great sweep of mid-20th century European history.

Tom Schilling is the adult Kurt, Sebastian Koch a Nazi doctor with whom his fate is intertwined in this ambitious, compelling film.

(No Cert, IFI, 188mins)

Irish Independent

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