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1,873 Ratings

You Were Never Really Here

Directed by Lynne Ramsay
United Kingdom, France, 2017
Drama, Crime, Mystery


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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You Were Never Really Here Directed by Lynne Ramsay

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2017 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

Independent Spirit Awards

2019 | 4 nominations including: Best Male Lead

2019 | Winner: Best Editing

National Board of Review

2018 | Winner: Top 10 Independent Films

Through an accretion of extreme close-ups, masterfully disjointed editing, and impressionistic sound design, Lynne Ramsay’s master class in style as structure swallows up its protagonist in a world thrumming with the repercussions of his trauma.
January 02, 2019
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Ramsay’s filmmaking is, as always, fluid and impressionistic. What’s new here is the steep sense of genre awareness. Everybody knows this is a film about a man with a hero complex, trying to survive a world that hates women. Ramsay, a director of immense imagination and offbeat taste, forces you to wonder whether that complex is worth it.
December 05, 2018
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From this character description, it seems like an unusually cliched choice for Ramsay. However, while Ramsay’s subject choice may seem conventional, You Were Never Really Here is anything but, and the film is definitively hers – another installment in a filmic career concerned with representing the repercussions of violence.
August 08, 2018
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