It’s been roughly eight years since director Mark Romanek went from being one of the hottest music video directors to doing his first feature film, the thriller One Hour Photo starring Robin Williams, which just made him even hotter. Anyone expecting Romanek to follow that up with something similar (or simpler) may be surprised by his decision to direct an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.
Set in an alternate England where a medical breakthrough has made it possible for people to live longer lives, though at the expense of others, it stars Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield as three young people who get caught up in a love triangle while coping with the fragility of their own lives.
ComingSoon.net sat down with Romanek at the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about the film and found him to be a particularly compelling spokesman for explaining why his movie should be watched more for its emotional content than for the actual premise that makes up the background for the story.
Never Let Me Go opens in select cities on Wednesday, September 15 with plans to rollout elsewhere over the coming weeks.