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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
... Young Joe
Larry Canady ... Cincinatti Cab Driver
... Moises
Neo Randall ... Moises's Friend
... Joe's Mother
... Angel
... John McCleary
Edward Latham ... Drug Dealer
... Senator Albert Votto
... 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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A Beautiful Day  »

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$132,829, 8 April 2018, Limited Release

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$2,523,610, 10 June 2018
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American author Jonathan Ames novella from 2013, adapted by Lynn Ramsay. See more »

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Joe: [to himself] Stand up straight... Stand up straight! Only little girls and fuckin' pussies slouch...
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Referenced in Filmbarátok Podcast: Episode #1.144 (2018) See more »

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Angel Baby
Written by Rosalie Hamlin
Performed by Rosie & The Originals
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Sorry the taxi driver claim is a fraud !!!!
16 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

This film is an over hyped mess, and any references to the 1970's classic taxi driver, are false. I felt cheated by the poster's claim in the cinema, as it is best described as a blatant lie. The story here is a muddle, and as the story unfolds, the viewer risks losing interest. I found myself falling asleep during the film, and struggled to understand what on earth was going on. Phoenix was excellent , but a good performance by an actor won't save a film! Enough said !!!!!!!!


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