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You Were Never Really Here
DIRECTOR Lynne Ramsay
CAST Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola, Judith Roberts
Joaquin Phoenix delivers a towering central performance in this visually stunning revenge thriller from British auteur Lynne Ramsay.
In this visually stunning revenge thriller, an ex-soldier is hired to rescue a kidnapped girl from a sex-trafficking ring but unleashes more violence when he uncovers a disturbing conspiracy. Despite the taut and tension-filled plot, this is more character study than thriller, and Lynne Ramsay excels in conveying the effects of trauma through audio-visual effects. A stylish, brutal masterpiece with a riveting central performance from Joaquin Phoenix as the tormented hitman.
(2017 UK / France / USA 90 mins)
The echoes of Taxi Driver are unmistakable but in the hands of Ramsay, one of our greatest directors, the lens doesn’t just capture what her characters see but how they process the world around. Combined with another genius soundscape by Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood, the sensory experience is mind-blowing. Phoenix, meanwhile, anchors the drama with an intense performance that saw him crowned best actor in Cannes. The mix of gritty physicality and cinematic poetry delivers a hard-hitting watch, yet one that frequently approaches genius. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro
Winner of the Best Actor and Best Screenplay awards at the Cannes Film Festival.
BBFC advice: Contains strong violence, injury detail, child sex abuse theme and language
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