You Were Never Really Here
Winner · Best Screenplay, Best Actor · Cannes Film Festival
Joe, (Joaquin Phoenix) has returned home from war, plagued by personal demons, now a gun (and hammer) for hire, and unafraid of violence to solve his clients’ problems. Living with his ailing mother in the quiet outer suburbs of New York, Joe gets sent on retrieval jobs – paying ransoms for rich clients, returning family members through any means necessary, and being paid to keep things nice and quiet. Falling face first into a deep conspiracy, Joe's investigations into a kidnapped teenager become a personal quest for redemption as one of his high profile political clients begins cleaning house and tying up loose ends.
Director Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here, adapted from Jonathan Ames' novella, was nominated for the coveted Palme d'Or at Cannes, inspiring Phoenix to deliver a career best performance amongst an already intimidating portfolio of characters including in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Spike Jonze’s Her.
Reviving the hardboiled detective genre into a neo-noir, gritty urban thriller, Ramsay's evocative imagery and punchy narrative pace set a gripping cinematic experience, no doubt set to inspire a genre revival in years to come.