Never Look Away

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Sebastian Koch reteams with his The Lives of Others director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck in this Venice Golden Lion-nominated German drama.

Kurt (Tom Schilling, A Coffee in Berlin) is a young art student who falls in love with fellow student, Ellie (Paula Beer, Frantz). Ellie’s father, Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch, The Lives of Others), a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter’s choice of boyfriend, and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago.


Directed by

Drama, Thriller, World Cinema


Rating: M Mature themes, sex, nudity and violence

German and Russian with English subtitles

Germany, Italy

New York Times


Even when it stumbles, it remains watchable and engaging, partly because von Donnersmarck possesses an old-fashioned Hollywood showman's sensibility.

Rolling Stone


The German Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film is a triumphant return form to filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, a treatise on love and war and the limitless reach of art that, even when it trips up, is never less than exhilarating.

TimeOut (New York)


In a larger sense, the film is about the postwar generation of Germans desperate for a new direction, and when Henckel von Donnersmarck focuses on the artmaking, it's powerful - a persuasive statement about the transformative power of representation.

Los Angeles Times


"Never Look Away" is nothing if not classical in its approach: It is stately and composed, clear-eyed and engrossing.

Variety (USA)


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.

Hollywood Reporter


Admirably restrained, this is nonetheless a historical drama on an expansive canvas that, even though it runs over three hours, is always engaging.

Screen International


Never Look Away is an often moving, thoughtful drama about the correlations between personal experience, politics and art. (Graeme Tuckett)


Never Look Away is a hard film to dislike. There is just too mush [sic] quality, seriousness of intent and nobility of purpose here to not at least respect.

NZ Herald (Toby Woollaston)


If you check your cynicism at the door and stick with it, you will be rewarded by a film that is ultimately a sublime experience.