You Were Never Really Here
First screened in April 2018
Director: Lynne Ramsay. Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Judith Roberts, Alessandro Nivola, Alex Manette, Dante Pereira-Olson, Kate Easton, John Doman, Frank Pando, Vinicius Damasceno. Screenplay: Lynne Ramsay (based on the novel by Jonathan Ames).

Twitter Capsule: Manchester by the Charnel House. Too bullish a showcase for its own serrated craftsmanship? Still: wow.

VOR:   Ramsay's intrepid experiments with cinematography, sound, and editing remain vital even when they miss the bullseye. Major work from Phoenix, too.

Photo © 2017 Why Not Productions/BFI/Film4, © 2018 Amazon Studios

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor (Phoenix); Best Screenplay (tie)
Independent Spirit Awards: Best Film Editing (Joe Bini)

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