7.4/10
1,392
9 user 58 critic

You Were Never Really Here (2017)

A missing teenage girl. A brutal and tormented enforcer on a rescue mission. Corrupt power and vengeance unleash a storm of violence that may lead to his awakening.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Reviews
Popularity
348 ( 16)
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Loveless (2017)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Stars: Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Varvara Shmykova
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Alicia Silverstone
Happy End (2017)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop.

Director: Michael Haneke
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz
Jeune femme (2017)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Broke, with nothing but her cat and doors closing in her face, Paula is back in Paris after a long absence. As she meets different people along the way, there is one thing she knows for ... See full summary »

Director: Léonor Serraille
Stars: Laetitia Dosch, Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Grégoire Monsaingeon
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

120 BPM. The average heart rate. The protagonists of 120 battements par minute are passionate about fighting the indifference that exists towards AIDS.

Director: Robin Campillo
Stars: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel
The Square (2017)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The Square is a poignant satirical drama reflecting our times - about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person's need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.

Director: Ruben Östlund
Stars: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West
Krotkaya (2017)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A woman lives in a small village in Russia. One day she receives the parcel she sent to her husband, serving a sentence in prison. Confused and angered, she sets out to find why her package was returned to sender.

Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Stars: Vasilina Makovtseva, Valeriu Andriutã, Liya Akhedzhakova
Good Time (2017)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After a heist goes awry, a bank robber spends a night trying to free his mentally ill brother from being sent to Riker's Island prison.

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

November 1918. A few days before the Armistice, Édouard Péricourt saves Albert Maillard's life. These two men have nothing in common but the war. Lieutenant Pradelle, by ordering a ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Dupontel
Stars: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Albert Dupontel, Laurent Lafitte
Sea Sorrow (2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An examination of the historical context for the current migrant crisis.

Director: Vanessa Redgrave
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Emma Thompson
Son frère (2003)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two brothers with a problematic relationship in the past, find together again when the elder one gets a dangerous disease and asks his brother to accompany him to several doctors.

Director: Patrice Chéreau
Stars: Bruno Todeschini, Éric Caravaca, Nathalie Boutefeu
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Inspector Maigret is traveling to the French countryside to visit his friend, the duchess of Saint-Fiacre. She has received a letter recently stating that she will die soon. A few days ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Delannoy
Stars: Jean Gabin, Michel Auclair, Valentine Tessier
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Joe
...
...
Senator Williams
...
...
John McCleary
...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Madison Arnold ...
Elderly Man
...
Eye of Providence
Ryan Martin Brown ...
Towel Boy
Vinicius Damasceno ...
Moises
...
News Anchor (voice)
...
Waitress
...
Joe's Young Mother
...
Prosititute
...
Angel
Edit

Storyline

A missing teenage girl. A brutal and tormented enforcer on a rescue mission. Corrupt power and vengeance unleash a storm of violence that may lead to his awakening.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

8 November 2017 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Beautiful Day  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film received a seven-minute standing ovation at its Cannes Film Festival premiere. See more »

Quotes

Nina: Joe, wake up. It's a beautiful day.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Taxi Driver revisited
17 October 2017 | by (Ghent, Belgium) – See all my reviews

It's hard to review this film without mentioning 'Taxi Driver'. Both films are about disillusioned war veterans, moving through the urban jungle, loathing the decadence of modern society, and rescuing a young girl from a brothel. Also, both films feature an aspiring politician during an election campaign. It's simply impossible to ignore so many similarities. But it's extremely difficult, not to say impossible, to make a film that can stand up to the iconic Scorsese classic.

Joe, a silent war veteran played by Joaquin Phoenix, specializes in difficult operations like rescuing young girls who have run into trouble. So he doesn't hesitate when an influential politician asks him to search for his daughter. The man doesn't want to involve the police, because he fears for his reputation.

Finding the girl turns out to be remarkably simple. But after having saved her by violently eliminating everyone standing in the way, things go wrong. There is more violence, more blood and more killing. In the end, Joe seems to emerge victoriously, but there is nothing to be happy about. 'Where do you want to go?', he asks the saved girl. 'I don't know', she says. 'I don't know either', is the desperate sounding answer.

Lynn Ramsay explains Joe's state of mind by inserting lots of short flashes, sometimes almost subliminal. It adds to the general mood of darkness and looming danger. All kinds of unpleasant things are going on, but Joe nor the viewer know exactly what. The only way to deal with it, is with ruthless violence.

But is this one man rescue mission enough to carry a whole film? I have my doubts. The first time Joe rescues the girl, the action is filmed in a very original way. We see everything happening through the images of the surveillance cameras in the building. This is exciting cinema. But at the end, Joe is filmed in a conventional way while slowly moving through a large villa, suspecting danger around every corner. This is a scene like so many similar scenes from other movies.

After leaving the cinema, I felt I had seen a bit too much violence and too little storytelling. But without doubt, this is a personal feeling: perhaps the lack of story elements is what makes this film stand out from others.


4 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

"The IMDb Show": Alan Tudyk, His Top 5 Star Wars Droids, and Denzel's Dream Role

"The IMDb Show" Thanksgiving special: Alan Tudyk ranks his top five droids, we talk with the cast of Roman J. Israel, Esq., and we share our favorite Thanksgiving TV episodes.

Watch the show