DVD: Never Let Me Go (12)

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"You will be adults, but very briefly," Sally Hawkins's teacher grimly informs her young charges at an old-fashioned boarding school.

She is swiftly dismissed from her post for "deliberate subversion", and with her goes the most interesting character in this oddly subdued adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel. It's the love-triangle tale of three clones – nice clone (Carey Mulligan), bitchy clone (Keira Knightley) and gormless clone (Andrew Garfield), none of whom harvest enough sympathy – who spend most of their time moping about the English countryside droning on until their inevitable demises – they are bred to donate their organs.