Never Look Away

Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  188 min.
Release Date:
February 22, 2019 - Toronto, Vancouver
March 8, 2019 - Montréal
DVD: June 4, 2019
Blu-ray: June 4, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 4.88
based on 16 votes and 2 reviews
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Cast: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl, Oliver Masucci, Hanno Koffler, Cai Cohrs, Ina Weisse


In post-war East Germany, Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling), haunted by the disappearance of his aunt Elisabeth during the Nazi regime, is a student at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, where he falls in love with fashion student Ellie Seeband (Paula Beer). Their relationship comes under scrutiny from her father, Professor Carl Seeband (Sebastian Koch), who worked as a gynecologist for the Nazis during WWII.

Kurt and Ellie decide to flee to Western Germany. There, Kurt is able to attend the modern art academy in Dusseldorf, where his talent is recognized, but he struggles to find his voice after years of living under the restrictive conditions of the Nazi and GDR-regimes.

When he discovers that a terrible crime was committed by Carl during the war that ties Kurt's past to that of Ellie's family, he begins transforming his childhood traumas into art.

In German with English subtitles.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Max Wiedemann, Quirin Berg, Jan Mojto, Christiane Henckel Von Donnersmarck
Screenplay: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
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  • 4 stars "Omg too long. That being said, excellent acting, content and story line that will never be seen on TV. Well worth the insight into the legacy of Nazi-ism."
  • 5 stars "Movie of the year for me. Hit the nerve. Lots to explain. Not a fit for a short review."