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You Were Never Really Here (2017)

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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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Joe
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Young Joe
Larry Canady ...
Cincinatti Cab Driver
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Moises
Neo Randall ...
Moises's Friend
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Angel
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Edward Latham ...
Drug Dealer
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Staring Girl
Denis Ozer ...
Afghan Boy
Tia-Sophia Bush ...
Afghan Girl
Lucy Lan Lao ...
Dead Girl
Annie Mac-Yang ...
Dead Girl
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Balancing between feverish dreamlike hallucinations of a tormented past and a grim disoriented reality, the grizzled Joe--a traumatised Gulf War veteran and now an unflinching hired gun who lives with his frail elderly mother--has just finished yet another successful job. With an infernal reputation of being a brutal man of results, the specialised in recovering missing teens enforcer will embark on a blood-drenched rescue mission, when Nina, the innocent 13-year-old daughter of an ambitious New York senator, never returns home. But amidst half-baked leads and a desperate desire to shake off his shoulders the heavy burden of a personal hell, Joe's frenzied plummet into the depths of Tartarus is inevitable, and every step Joe takes to flee the pain, brings him closer to the horrors of insanity. In the end, what is real, and what is a dream? Can there be a new chapter in Joe's life when he keeps running around in circles? Written by Nick Riganas

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R for strong violence, disturbing and grisly images, language, and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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6 April 2018 (USA)  »

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$132,829, 8 April 2018, Limited Release

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$1,187,576, 22 April 2018
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The film received a seven-minute standing ovation at its Cannes Film Festival premiere. See more »

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Senator Votto: McCleary said you were brutal.
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References Speechless (2016) See more »

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I've Never Been To Me
Written by Ken Hirsch and Ronald Miller
Performed by Charlene
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You were never really here. Yeah, that'd would've saved a fiver.
19 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

This film may draw some crass and unwarranted comparisons with Taxi Driver, but very much in the spirit of a review of this film in the Time's newspaper which lauded much praise, this isn't that movie. This is a film that intends to be substantial without actually having much substance so in some respect it is quite contemporary. The protagonist walks around with a hammer hurting bad people. Of course theres way more to it than that, but is there really? On an aesthetic level this is a picture that easily holds its own and some, the ponderous direction doesn't quite become pretentious and there is a coherent aesthetic. Yet the film's reception doesn't seem fair considering what is on offer. The telegraph called it a film that will blow you a way, yeah, one slow shot at a time.


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