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You Were Never Really Here (2017)

Director:
Lynne Ramsay
COUNTRY
United Kingdom
USA
France
GENRE
Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
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RUNNING TIME
90 minutes
Producer:
Rosa Attab
Pascual Caucheteux
James Wilson
Lynne Ramsay
Screenwriter:
Lynne Ramsay


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Joe Joaquin Phoenix
Nina Votto Ekaterina Samsonov
Senator Albert Votto Alex Manette
John McCleary John Doman
Joe's Mother Judith Roberts
Governor Williams Alessandro Nivola
Angel Frank Pando

 

Review

The provocative subject matter depicted here (human trafficking and child prostitution) lays the basis for an explosive movie, but writer/director Lynne Ramsay is not really interested in an academic or moral discussion. She goes for a visceral approach, utilizing everything that the film medium has to offer. She's like a virtuoso at play, and through superb camera-work, editing, music and not least shifts in tempo, she makes her piece enthralling in an almost Hitchcockian manner. Aided by a typically brave, raw performance by Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here crawls under your skin and appeals to your emotions before your thoughts. It's not that the film necessarily makes you understand Joe and Nina, or any of the other characters for that matter, but it guides you through a hidden trap door to their almost unintelligible world. And the best part is that Ramsay doesn't feel sorry for or pass her judgement on Joe or Nina, she simply lets them co-exist with us. And that's always the best way forward, in my opinion.

Copyright 06.01.2019 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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