Never Look Away (2018)

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A sweeping romantic historical drama, NEVER LOOK AWAY follows thirty years in the life of a great artist - loosely based on Gerhard Richter, one of the 20th century's most admired visual artists - played by Tom Schilling (Woman in Gold, Generation War). 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.

Cast

Tom Schilling
as Kurt Barnert
Sebastian Koch
as Professor Carl Seeband
Paula Beer
as Ellie Seeband
Saskia Rosendahl
as Elisabeth May
Oliver Masucci
as Professor Antonius van Verten
Ina Weisse
as Martha Seeband
Hanno Koffler
as Günther Preusser
Jörg Schüttauf
as Johann Barnert
Jeannette Hain
as Waltraut Barnert
Lars Eidinger
as Exhibition Guide Heiner Kersten
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Critic Reviews for Never Look Away

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

The link between the two plots relies on a melodramatic coincidence that he sets up and then oddly declines to exploit.

Sep 11, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | 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.

Sep 4, 2018 | 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.

Sep 4, 2018 | Full Review…
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Gorgeous, engaging drama.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Overly melodramatic.

Nov 20, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

An epic masterwork that bears witness to 3 decades of totalitarian rule in Germany and its effects on art and love and family bonds.

Nov 12, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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