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You Were Never Really Here

  • 2017
  • R
  • 95min
  • 89%
  • 6.8 / 10

Emotionally distressed and challenged Joe hunts down girls for a living. Despite having thoughts about ending his life, Joe has remained undaunted by violence. But all this comes to a head when he takes a job that ultimately leads to his awakening.

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You Were Never Really Here had been in development since 2016. In May 2016, Ramsay was attached to the project to work as both the screenwriter and director of the film. Joaquin Phoenix was also selected for the lead role. The version of the film that premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival was still a work in progress. Astoundingly surprising, the film was met with a seven-minute standing ovation. At the festival, Ramsay and Phoenix won the Best Screenplay and Best Actor awards respectively. The film was theatrically released in the UK on March 9, 2018. In the U.S., the film initially went into a limited release on April 6, 2018, in Los Angeles and New York. It then went worldwide on April 20. Throughout its run, You Were Never Really Here earned $7.4 million. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes assigned an approval rating of 89% to the film. On Metacritic, the film gained an average score of 84/100. Many critics have particularly applauded Ramsay for having a unique craft. Guy Lodge, writing for Variety, even dubbed her as one of the greatest filmmakers in the industry.


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You Were Never Really Here is a 2017 psychological thriller crime drama film that focuses on a traumatized veteran who takes an odd yet altruistic job finding girls who have fallen victim to human traffickers. This nerve-wracking film is based on the 2013 novella of the same name by Jonathan Ames. It was written and directed by Lynne Ramsay. It features Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette, John Doman, and Judith Roberts.