You Were Never Really Here

Directed by Lynne Ramsay, Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Robers, Ekaterina Samsonov and John Doman

Reminiscent of Martin Scorcese’s Taxi Driver and yet so unique, this is a film that lingers with you long after you leave the theatre. The film begins with shocking and confusing images, we are not quite sure what is going on. Audience as voyeur, this not seeing everything clearly pulls you into the film craving clarity which you almost get as the film progresses, but not entirely. I love leaving a film still wonder what the… These are the films you see again and again, searching for new truths. And there are so many social messages here to absorb.

This film is artful, dirty, smooth and shocking. I loved Johnny Greenwood’s incredible music, the sound editing, the incredibly raw and gorgeous cinematography that shows New York City exactly as it is so you can almost smell it, and last but not least Joaquin Phoenix who is an absolute force in this film. I am blown away by his ability to convey the physicality and emotional depth of this broken man.

I need to see it again, and again…

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