You Were Never Really Here

You Were Never Really Here
  • 2017
  • US / France
  • 1h 25min
  • Directed by: Lynne Ramsay
  • Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola, Judith Roberts

Joe (Phoenix) is a gun for hire, Marine veteran and ex-FBI agent who rescues a young girl from a sex trafficking ring, but is haunted by his own traumatic past. A muscular and tightly-wound masterpiece with an intense and riveting performance from Phoenix. Crushingly sad, daringly outré and hugely accomplished.

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Joe is a Gulf War veteran and former FBI agent turned killer-for-hire, specialising in saving victims from child sex rings while living at home with his ailing mother. When Nina, a US Senator’s daughter is kidnapped, he is contracted to dispense with the perpetrators and save the girl. Locating Nina in a seedy New York brothel, Joe’s escape plan suddenly derails, unleashing a maelstrom of violence and darkness.

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