This spring, Lynne Ramsay brought her unfinished (there weren’t even credits on the movie) “You Were Never Really Here” to Cannes. Even with the paint still drying on the picture, the film took home Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix and tied for Best Screenplay with “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer.” For whatever reason, the movie hasn’t traveled to any fall festivals, but with an international bow coming this fall, this first trailer has landed. And it’s intense as hell.
Based on the novel by Jonathan Ames, “You Were Never Really Here” rolls with a lean premise, following ex-soldier and ex-FBI agent Joe, who is tasked with rescuing Nina, the teenaged daughter of a politician, who is being kept in a New York brothel. Things get a bit complicated, and yes, there will be blood. Here’s the down and dirty synopsis from Cannes:
A missing teenage girl. A brutal and tormented enforcer on a rescue mission.
Corrupt power and vengeance unleash a storm of violence that may lead to his awakening.
Featuring a score by Radiohead‘s Jonny Greenwood — more of which has been added since Cannes — this one pushes all of our buttons. Hard. “You Were Never Really Here” opens abroad in November. No word yet on a U.S. date from Amazon.