Film Review: You Were Never Really Here
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Writer: Lynne Ramsay
Cinematography: Thomas Townend
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov
Country of Origin: USA
Time: 59 mins.
I've been a fan of lynne ramsay's work since ratcatcher and we need to talk about kevin and SO, I'm so ELATED THAT she's back with You Were Never Really Here. Adapted from Jonathan Ames' novel of the same name, the story follows a traumatized veteran, who tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered, leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
It seems like a straightforward revenge narrative but if you know Lynne Ramsay, it's going to be anything but. With Lynne Ramsay's intricate way of storytelling, which incorporates a badass score by Jonny Greenwood, flashback editing, and terrific performance by Joaquin Phoenix, the film shows the layers of trauma people carry and how they let it consume them. It's haunting, soul-crushing, and downright tragic poetry. Lynne Ramsay can do no wrong.