Donation. Completion. These are the unsettling science-fiction elements that anchor the story in the new film Never Let Me Go, directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo).
Adapted by Alex Garland from the 2005 best-selling novel by Remains of the Day author Kazuo Ishiguro, the film features actors Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Garfield as teenage friends who are leaving the shelter of their sinister boarding school for the next phase of their doomed lives.
In our interview with Mulligan at the Toronto International Film Festival, AMC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff asked the actress about the importance of the science-fiction through line. Earlier this month, Romanek told the Los Angeles Times that he wanted it to be relatable but “never wanted it to be a science-fiction film in terms of its being fantastical.” Mulligan said the science fiction in the story is more of a metaphor for the relationships between the main characters and the world around them.