Sunday, October 17, 2010

Never Let Me Go



I'm all tucked up in bed, meaning to be asleep a good half-hour ago, but my sleepytime doesn't seem to be doing to trick. Lately, my inspiration for dressing myself comes from a curious place. Not that movies are a strange place to look at for that sort of thing, but I always feel a little bit silly taking inspiration from sad movies. Nevertheless, life is now about thick tights, little dresses, too-big cardigans and some variant of wellington rain boot.

The movie is Never Let Me Go, and after seeing the trailer, my interest was piqued, and so I trotted myself off to the bookstore for my own copy of the novel. When the movie came out, I went to see it with Kim and then again today (with Kim again, as she is a lovely friend and also awesome). I've been obsessively re-reading the book since then, and honestly thinking about little else (if you haven't seen it, I urge you to both do so and read the book first).

I'm not entirely sure how to describe it. It's one of probably two movies that, for me, almost surpasses the book (an unfair statement--comparing books and movies is one of the most useless endeavors of all time, since how on earth are they ever comparable to begin with?). It fills me up until I feel I might be obliterated, and I can't bear it as the days go by and the spell of it starts to ebb away.



But besides all of that, I love the careful assemblage of outfits that happen in the movie. It's somewhere between utilitarian, throwing on what makes you warm or easy to walk in, and the heartbreaking care taken when there are only a handful of things to wear. It also makes me want that thick bang across the forehead, but alas, there is nothing that looks quite so terrible on me as a blunt bang.

My boots are in the mail and I think I have a few acceptable sweaters to toss on in the remaining weeks of fall.

35 comments:

  1. i really want to see this!

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  2. I want to see this very badly, but I think I will take your advice and read the book first (not to mention it isn't even playing a theater in my area).

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  3. This looks lovely!! I now what you mean with obsessing over one thing, re-reading books and even being inspired by movies for clothing ideas! All of these happen to me too :D

    Ayesha x

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  4. I'll look up the book since the movie isn't likely to be out in Australia for a while...

    MODELmumma

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  5. Wow I want to see this too!
    If only I could have a thick fringe, If only my hair wasn't so damn curly.

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  6. I read this a few years ago and loved it, I've re-read it at least once though maybe twice. Sadly it doesn't come out here until January, so I'm getting very very jealous every time I see it mentioned on a blog!

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  7. whats it about? i've heard it mentioned because carey is in it but its not been released here in the UK yet. as for the wardrobes though, all those autumnal neutrals and long tangled wooly scarves. lovely! and the wellies, haha! must resist the urge to shop!

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  8. oh ok, i just watched the trailer and i am verrrry confused as to what this is about! hehe, but i'd still like to see it as it looks intriguing. nice bit of an irish accent thrown in there which doesn't hurt! i'll watch it even if keira knightley is in it!

    thanks for the recommendation!

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  9. I agree that there is something so appealing about the utilitarian vibe of their outfits. I'd love to see your take on it.

    I'm pretty curious and may have to pick up that book as soon as I have the means!

    Bea from A plus B

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  10. I'm coming back!
    great blog as always!

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  11. wow a movie that surpasses the book? this almost never happens, I am going to go check the trailer out now

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  12. some movies have that effect on me too. some stay forever etched in my head. can be a scary thing.

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  13. I love this post. I love this post. I love this post.

    I'm feeling all warm and reinvigorated about blogging. "t fills me up until I feel I might be obliterated" is so perfectly said! [I wish the book that did this to me could be made into a movie so I could dwell on it and dress of it.] But you're so right---it's this essence. Makes me want to reread it, too. And I still haven't seen it...

    What is it with wellies? I have no shame; I just want a pair. Want want want. Can't wait to see you in yours.

    Man, I just love your blog.
    That's all!
    -C

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  14. I went to see this and was amazed that something so sad could also be so heart breakingly beautiful. It also made me want large cardigans and earth tones.

    I haven't read the book yet but I look forward to it.

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  15. Thank you for this film advice! I want to see this... I think it will be good!

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  16. you've summed up that feeling of finding a movie that totally sweeps you up and away when you've watched it. I can't wait for this to come out in the UK.

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  17. I want to see this SO BADLY you have no idea. Sadly the only theater that's playing it is 2 1/2 hours away from me :(
    I actually just read the book yesterday, and fell in love with it. Ruth was my favorite character--she was the most realistic, I thought, and the most interesting. What was the other movie you thought was better then the book?

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  18. Thanks for the recommendation. I love good books and movies, but I expect that most people do. Book is now on hold at the library and movie is saved in netflix.

    Have you read Sarah's Key? That was a really good book I recently read.

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  19. I read this last year and I've been waiting (im)patiently for this movie to be made during that time. I was heartbroken to learn that it still hasn't got a release date in my country and seeing posts about this all over the internet is driving me crazy. With that off my chest, I loved this!

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  20. I love Carey and I love Keira, so I cannot wait!

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  21. oh my, this movie looks great. I'm looking it up right now!

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  22. I've always taken inspiration dressing from movies, tha picture makes me long for fall weather, its still in the 90's where I live. I do want to see this movie ,only thing is I can't stand Keira Knightly she bores me to tears in movies her acting is so bland and boring.

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  23. that's it. i'm going to see it this week.

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  24. The book didn't move me that much! I wanted it to but it didn't. I liked it but since I had read Remains of the day I had such high expectations. Remains of the day has to be one of the all time great books. But you are making me want to go see it, which I will when it finally comes out in Ireland. :)

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  25. OoOh... I've wanted to watch this soOo badly since I saw the trailer two months ago, but it will take a few months to be played here in Hungary....aww... :(
    I love the costumes. (in the trailer....)
    I really adored the dresses in 'The edge of love', which is a pretty similar style.

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  26. I have been wanting to see this so bad!!! So Glad to hear it is good! I love all the actors in the film and have been interested in reading the book. Thanks for sharing!

    xo,

    Molly

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  27. YES. Love this book and dying to see the film. Keep passing my battered copy round to friends so I have can have lots of cinema dates!

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  28. i love the book so much and i need to go see the movie.
    im in love with their hair in it.

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  29. I, too, loved the outfits in this movie! It was such a thought-provoking film, my best friend and I couldn't stop talking about it after we saw it.

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  30. i don't like usual romantic dramas
    is it not such?

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  31. I read at least once, maybe twice. Unfortunately, I did not come here until January, so I'm already very jealous every time I talked about in the blog!
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  32. I read the book in about 14 hours. It was UNBELIEVABLY good. kept waiting and waiting to see the movie (have to work on the weekends) and then was all set to go on a date with myself to the indie theater and it was ALREADY GONE. tears. gnashing. will not be the same on the small screen.

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  33. i just watched the trailer for this on youtube. can't believe it doesn't come out in the uk until february 2011!
    it looks so so good i cannot wait!

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