If there has been one injustice this award season, it is, in my opinion, that “Never Let Me Go” has been totally overlooked in all categories. Mark Romanek’s direction was as light as silk, yet as ominous as thunder clouds on an August afternoon. Alex Galrland’s adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s masterpiece was one of the best adaptation’s I have seen: every bit as profoundly beautiful and heartbreaking as the original novel. The three leading performances of Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and the revelatory Andrew Garfield paint as good a troika as I will ever see. But no one, in any of the academies, committees, or Guilds has seen fit to give any of them the time of day. Too bad!
That got me to thinking about other overlooked or under-appreciated movies. Of course this is a very subjective list, and many of the contenders would blush to be compared to Romanek’s triumph, but, in their way, these were all films that both gave me more pleasure than I anticipated and left more resonance than I imagined.
Romey and Michelle’s High School Reunion.
Get Over It!
Couples’ Retreat – yes, that REALLY surprised me!
The Little Princess ( Alfonso Cuaron)
….any other suggestions?
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