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Never Look Away (15)

Thriller, Drama

German thriller drama which follows the journey of an art student who escapes to West Germany during the GDR regime.

The critical consensus

Blandly handsome, and undeserving of its three hour runtime.

Matt Thrift, Little White Lies, 03/07/2019

This fictionalised story of the artist by the director of The Lives of Others lacks a strong central performance to match its ambition.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 04/07/2019

If Never Look Away is no The Lives Of Others, it is also a cut above The Tourist. A strongly crafted, ambitious, occasionally absorbing dissection of a fascinating period in German culture, it is perhaps too middle-brow and broad for its own good.

***(*)(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 05/07/2019

A German boy who witnesses Nazi horrors grows up to become a painter in this overcooked but affecting melodrama.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 07/07/2019

Where and when?

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday July 5, 2019, until Thursday July 18, 2019. More info:

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday July 5, 2019, until Thursday July 11, 2019. More info:

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