You Were Never Really Here

Lynne RamsayUSA / France89 minutes201714AColourEnglish

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Based on a noir novella by Jonathan Ames, You Were Never Really Here follows the psychological breakdown of Joe, a former US soldier and FBI agent (Joaquin Phoenix) on a sex-trafficking task force who now devotes his considerable capacity for great violence to the rescue of kidnapped young women. When his latest job to retrieve Nina (Ekaterina Samsonov), the daughter of a senator (Alex Mannette), goes brutally wrong and his relationship with his sick mother deteriorates, Joe is forced to confront his inability to save anyone — not Nina, not his mother, and, least of all, himself. The fourth feature from writer-director Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here won the Best Screenplay and Best Actor Awards at Cannes in 2017.