Forbidden Love

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Never Let Me Go (2010)

Kazuo Ishiguro’s breathtaking sci-fi romance novel was gracefully adapted to the screen in 2010 with the screenwriting help of Alex Garland and the brilliantly reticent performances of Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley. They play Kathy, Tommy and Ruth, respectively, who live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but they are not quite like anything we know. When they leave the idyllic Hailsham boarding school to join the real world, they are slowly let in on the secret that has been shrouding their existence – they are clones that are bred and harvested for organs in their 20s. Tommy and Kathy’s love for each other is thwarted at every turn: by bullies at school, the jealous Ruth in their teenage years and ultimately by their existence as clones. By the time Tommy and Kathy are together, Tommy has been harvested four times and is near ‘completion’. In a last ditch effort to avoid their inevitable fate, Tommy and Kathy catch on to a rumour that if they prove to their old head teacher that they are in love they will be given a ‘deferral’ on their ‘completion’. However, this ‘deferral’ process is just another untruth in a long string of lies they have been told since childhood about who and what they are…

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