You Were Never Really Here

You Were Never Really Here

Lynne Ramsay (2017)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This brutal, unconventional thriller is the kind of film that avoids clichés at every turn. Dialogue is kept to a minimum. Action sequences are brief and infrequent. The main character is a suicidal killer who bludgeons people with a hammer. His name is Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) and he is hired to rescue a teenage girl (Ekaterina Samsonov) from an upscale brothel. As you might imagine, this leads to violence and bloodshed. Interestingly, though, most of the violence takes place off-screen, while numerous scenes are shot in unusual ways (the rescue is shown via grainy security cameras). In the lead role, Phoenix gives an excellent performance, portraying a man who is haunted by the things he has seen, done and experienced. The film can be confusing and vague, but it is intense and unsettling, offering an alternative for viewers who are tired of conventional thrillers.


A former soldier is haunted by memories of abuse and suicidal fantasies, but uses his military skills to rescue abducted girls whose families don't want to involve the authorities. His latest contract is to liberate a senator's teenage daughter, who has been trafficked into a brothel. Lynne Ramsay's psychological thriller, starring Joaquin Phoenix, with Ekaterina Samsonov and Judith Roberts.

Cast & Crew

Joe Joaquin Phoenix
Nina Ekaterina Samsonov
Joe's mother Judith Roberts (1)
Senator Williams Alessandro Nivola
John McCleary John Doman
Senator Votto Alex Manette
Young Joe Dante Pereira-Olsen
Director Lynne Ramsay
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Mar 2018