Collider | 'You Were Never Really Here' Review


The last film to screen in competition at the 70th Festival de Cannes, You Were Never Really Here, is a thriller about a vigilante for hire framed through the visually inspired eyes of a cinematic auteur. The anti-hero, Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), is a lonely and troubled man, but he also appears to find some satisfaction from rescuing teenage girls who have been kidnapped or coerced into underage sex work. The visionary behind this lose adaptation of Jonathan Ames’ short story is Lynne Ramsey, best known for her beloved debut, Ratcatcher, and her divisive last film, We Need To Talk About Kevin. The result is a compelling character study of an emotionally distraught man set in the trappings of a stylistically impressive B-movie that may find Hollywood studio execs giving Ramsey a second look.

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