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Never Look Away

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

German art epic mixes history, politics, and LOTS of sex.

Movie R 2018 188 minutes
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This is one of the all time best films I've seen. Intriguing, emotional, beautifully photographed. This film pulls your emotions into the world of art and the world of war, in a way that is not easily forgotten. Particularly for artists, Dont Look Away takes a journey into the struggles and growth into the creative process. Just an amazing film.

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Never Look Away is a gorgeous, intriguing landmine of an epic. It depicts two conflicting approaches to life as a device to offer a deeper, if not shocking, understanding of humanity, art, politics, and Germany's heinous history of oppression. It's an "art film" in every sense of the word -- it has lush cinematography, an exploration of philosophical ideas, smoking and brooding, sex and nudity, and, of course, art. Using Richter's life story as a template, the movie exposes viewers to art history, evolution, and a museum's worth of works. It is, in itself, a true work of art.

But, if that sounds like it's a lot, it is. Viewers don't just walk a mile in Kurt's shoes -- it's more like 3,000, since the journey takes longer than three hours, with no intermission. The film's run time, combined with the subtitles, will likely be a turnoff for older teens, who might benefit from having the nuances of history laid out in front of them and pick up the warnings the film provides, such as why it's important to be vigilant about the direction of government and resolute in your own ethics. And, as positively impactful as the film can be, it also opens another can of worms: creating empathy for those who endorsed and thus perpetrated Nazism.

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