Never Look Away

Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck
Running Time
189 mins

Inspired by the life of German artist Gerhard Richter, this sprawling epic follows young artist Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling) from the 1930s to the 1960s as he flees to West Germany, but continues to be tormented by the experiences of his youth during the Nazi years and in the GDR.

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck‘s brilliant debut The Lives of Others was followed by the mediocre caper movie The Tourist. It’s fair to say that his Oscar-nominated third film has polarised critics, with some giving it the “greatest movie ever made” gush, while others, notably The Guardian (“unevenly acted and sometimes frankly misjudged”) and The Times (“tone-deaf, clichéd and crass”) being somewhat less impressed.

By robin askew, Thursday, Jul 11 2019

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