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You Were Never Really Here (2017)

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A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

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Lynne Ramsay

Writers:

Lynne Ramsay (screenplay by), Jonathan Ames (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... Joe
Dante Pereira-Olson ... Young Joe
Larry Canady Larry Canady ... Cincinatti Cab Driver
Vinicius Damasceno ... Moises
Neo Randall Neo Randall ... Moises's Friend
Judith Roberts ... Joe's Mother
Frank Pando ... Angel
John Doman ... John McCleary
Edward Latham Edward Latham ... Drug Dealer
Alex Manette ... Senator Albert Votto
Claire Hsu ... Staring Girl
Denis Ozer Denis Ozer ... Afghan Boy
Tia Sofia Begh Tia Sofia Begh ... Afghan Girl
Lucy Lan Luo Lucy Lan Luo ... Dead Girl
Annie Mac-Yang Annie Mac-Yang ... Dead Girl
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Storyline

Balancing between feverish dreamlike hallucinations of a tormented past and a grim disoriented reality, the grizzled Joe--a traumatised Gulf War veteran and now an unflinching hired gun who lives with his frail elderly mother--has just finished yet another successful job. With an infernal reputation of being a brutal man of results, the specialised in recovering missing teens enforcer will embark on a blood-drenched rescue mission, when Nina, the innocent 13-year-old daughter of an ambitious New York senator, never returns home. But amidst half-baked leads and a desperate desire to shake off his shoulders the heavy burden of a personal hell, Joe's frenzied plummet into the depths of Tartarus is inevitable, and every step Joe takes to flee the pain, brings him closer to the horrors of insanity. In the end, what is real, and what is a dream? Can there be a new chapter in Joe's life when he keeps running around in circles? Written by Nick Riganas

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Bring the hammer.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

R for strong violence, disturbing and grisly images, language, and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You Were Never Really Here See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$132,829, 8 April 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,523,610, 10 June 2018
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (surveillance footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The lake scene is reminiscent of the end of "I'm Still Here." Phoenix also had a very thick beard for that film, increasing the similarity of visuals. See more »

Goofs

Joe leaves fingerprints at the mansion. As ex-military, his prints would likely be registered. See more »

Quotes

Senator Votto: McCleary said you were brutal.
Joe: ...I can be.
Senator Votto: I want you to hurt them.
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Soundtracks

Angel Baby
Words and Music by Rose Hamlin (as Rosalie Hamlin)
Published by EMI Longitude Music
Licensed from Rich & Famous Records, Ltd., courtesy of Steven Ames Brown
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Dark, intense and immensely gripping; as discreet as it is devastating.
11 March 2018 | by Pjtaylor-96-138044See all my reviews

'You Were Never Really Here (2018)' is a dark, disturbing but discreet piece, one that's as off-kilter and uncomfortable as it is subdued. It's this remarkable restraint that allows its undercurrent of explosive violence, seedy deviance and childhood traumas to be all the more shocking and genuinely effecting when they erupt from the relative calm on the screen. It's an amazingly atmospheric and difficult watch that doesn't hold your hand, so that if you aren't always fully engaged then you may not wholly grasp the almost exposition-less plot. The explicit, brutally jarring flashes of a past narrative paint a picture of an incredibly wholistic implicit story, without filling in every blank, in an incredibly gripping way, leaving you to wallow in the head of a severely damaged individual and think about the experience for long after the credits have rolled. 8/10


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