You Were Never Really Here

"Joaquin Phoenix's feel-bad vigilante thriller will blow you away." ★★★★★ Telegraph

Showing Times

Fri 23 Mar 20:50
Sat 24 Mar 18:00
Sat 24 Mar 20:15
Sun 25 Mar 19:50
Mon 26 Mar 20:30

Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Morvern Callar, Ratcatcher) was inspired by a hard-boiled novella from Jonathon Ames, a tale about a private vigilante, Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), in the  business of rescuing kidnapped children.  He's very good at it; as a damaged individual himself (a Gulf War veteran and ex-FBI agent) he is able to enlist his own brutality to redemptive ends, even though nothing is so simple or straightforward in this film.  At the outset, Joe is just about maintaining a precarious emotional equilibrium - savage enforcer by night, caring son by day, with the odd suicidal tendency - until a job to rescue the doll-like daughter of a politician gets personal.  And very bloody.

This is a visceral digital poem, in which every shot and every note on the Jonny Greenwood soundtrack accretes to a powerful portrait. Complex, contradictory but coherent, the performance won Phoenix Best Actor at Cannes last year.  Tim Robey sums it all up in the Telegraph:  "This is hard, harrowing, not-for-the-faint-of-heart stuff. But the immensity of Ramsay’s film lies in the scalpel surgery of her image-making, distilling and triple-distilling the stuff she shot to make every second count."  And how!


Film Information

90 mins

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