Stoic and hardened vigilante Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) needs only one tool to carry out his dubious line of work: a hammer. Hired by a senator desperately seeking answers about the disappearance of his daughter, Joe sets out with his habitual confidence, only to find that this time he may be in over his head. Following 2011’s groundbreaking WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, Lynne Ramsay returns in full force with her striking command of cinematic tension. Based on the eponymous novel by Jonathan Ames, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE brings Ramsay’s signature poetic grittiness to this brutal and unsettling thriller that’s been rightfully hailed as a modern-day TAXI DRIVER—but with a disquietude and visual flair that is firmly its own. Joaquin Phoenix’s transformative and layered performance was lauded as career-defining when the film premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where it took home the best actor and best screenplay awards. Boasting a stunning sound mix and score by Jonny Greenwood (PHANTOM THREAD), here is a film that absolutely demands the big-screen-big-sound treatment.
“A deranged odyssey across a wide-ranging New York hellscape that combines sleek formal elegance, fatalistic humor, unsparing violence and another gorgeously unnerving score by Jonny Greenwood… [Lynne Ramsay’s] return seals her standing as one of our most fearless and forceful filmmakers” —Justin Chang, L.A. Times “Ferociously beautiful...economical as hell but also so moment-for-moment gripping that you want to pore over its every shot, its every dark cranny.” —A.A. Dowd, A.V. Club “I’ll probably remember Cannes 2017 as the time when Lynne Ramsay held many of us rapt with anticipation—and then delivered a film for the ages.” —Bilge Ebiri, “The Best Film At Cannes Almost Didn’t Make It There On Time,” Village Voice
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