From celebrated writer/director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk about Kevin, Morvern Callar, Ratcatcher) comes the 2017 Cannes Award Winner for Best Screenplay and Best Actor, intense new indie thriller You Were Never Really Here.
Joaquin Phoenix delivers a tremendous lead performance as Joe, a traumatized Gulf War veteran who has become desensitized to violence, a condition he uses to his advantage as he tracks down missing girls as a gun for hire. When Nina, the 13-year-old daughter of an ambitious New York senator, doesn’t come home, Joe sets out on his latest job – but as the rescue mission becomes more complicated and blood-soaked, Joe’s grip on reality begins to slip as feverish dreamlike hallucinations begin to overpower him, disorienting him as to what is real and what is a hellish nightmare.
Featuring a mesmerizing score by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, hallucinatory cinematography by Tom Townend (Attack the Block, We Need to Talk About Kevin), and based on a 2013 novela by Jonathan Ames, You Were Never Really Here received a seven-minute standing ovation at its Cannes Film Festival premiere.
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“Rating: 4/4. You Were Never Really Here amounts to more than a Taxi Driver for our time. Despite the obvious homage, this is a Ramsay film, rooted in the Glaswegian auteur’s feverish, kaleidoscope style.” – Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader
“Rating: 4/4. A journey to the deepest levels of the dark side, “You Were Never Really Here” is an art-house crime thriller that succeeds on every technical and creative level.” – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Rating: 4/4. A taut and almost unbearably intense 90-minutes, without an ounce of fat on it. Ramsay doesn’t give you a second to breathe.” – Sheila O’Malley, RogerEbert.com