The word "haunting" gets tossed around a little too loosely, but it is a fully appropriate description of the the new trailer for the film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's "Never Let Me Go."
The film stars Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley (bodice-free!), Andrew Garfield as students at Hailsham (hail sham), and English boarding school where students are well cared for and educated, but never taught anything of the outside world. When our three heroes make their way off campus one day, it becomes appallingly clear what Headmistress Emily (Charlotte Rampling) is preparing them for.
From the publisher's official synopsis for "Never Let Me Go," which Time hailed as the best novel of the Naughts:
As a child, Kathy—now thirty-one years old—lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe that they were special and that their well-being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter. Kathy had long ago put this idyllic past behind her, but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life, she stops resisting the pull of memory.
"Never Let Me Go"
And so, as her friendship with Ruth is rekindled, and as the feelings that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy begin to deepen into love, Kathy recalls their years at Hailsham. She describes happy scenes of boys and girls growing up together, unperturbed—even comforted—by their isolation. But she describes other scenes as well: of discord and misunderstanding that hint at a dark secret behind Hailsham’s nurturing facade. With the dawning clarity of hindsight, the three friends are compelled to face the truth about their childhood–and about their lives now.
The film is directed by Mark Romanek, who is best known for his work on music videos, but who also directed Robin Williams in the 2002 thriller "One Hour Photo." It's set to be released Oct. 1, which seems a bit early for a film that so clearly has Oscar aspirations and potential.