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Movie Review – You Were Never Really Here (2017)

You Were Never Really Here, 2017.

Written and Directed by Lynne Ramsay.

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsanov, Alex Manette, Frank Pando, John Doman, Alessandro Nivola, Jason Babinsky, Vinicius Damasceno, and Judith Roberts.


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.

Where is Joaquin Phoenix in You Were Never Really Here? The answer is blurred between the lines of reality and vigilante fantasy, as traumatized war veteran Joe makes it his personal vendetta to rid the world of sex trafficking scum (the girls are also underage and barely teenagers) for reasons briefly shown as blink and you miss it flashbacks that feel more like an accurate representation of Ptsd rather than half-baked narrative exposition.

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