You Were Never Really Here15

You Were Never Really Here

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  • Sat 17 Mar to Thu 22 Mar
  • 90 minutes
  • Director: Lynne Ramsay
  • Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola
  • UK/USA/France (2017)
  • Audio description headphones are supported for use during performances of this film


Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar, We Need to Talk About Kevin) returns with this stripped-down psychological thriller working from Jonathan Ames’ 2013 novel, for which she jointly won the Best Screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival. Joaquin Phoenix has rarely been better as a traumatised vet for which he also won an award at Cannes for Best Actor.

A senator's daughter has been kidnapped. The authorities can do nothing. Ex-soldier Joe (Phoenix), who has a reputation for resolving impossible situations, is contracted to return the girl safely home, however things don't go according to plan. Ramsay is more concerned with the psyche of her unhinged protagonist than she is with the action as the film sets out to bare the soul of its hammer-wielding anti-hero.

"It all adds up to an overwhelming experience, a slice of pure cinema from a director who refuses to dance to the beat of anyone’s drum but her own."


Mark Kermode, the Observer