Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
Want more? Listen to our discussion of 'You Were Never Really Here' on SWITCHCast
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
With this year's Jewish International Festival underway, SWITCH has checked out the program - click here to read our reviews.x
review, You Were Never Really Here, You, Were, Never, Really, Here, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola, Alex Manette, John Doman, Judith Roberts, Ryan Martin Brown, Jason Babinsky, Frank Pando, Kate Easton, Lynne Ramsay film rating

YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE

★★★★

BRUTAL YET BEAUTIFUL

THEATRICAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Jess Fenton
31st August 2018

When it comes to the technical skills and certain artistries of filmmaking, it’s a good rule of thumb that if you don't notice it, then its executioner has essentially done a good job. So if there’s nothing jarring or out of place in the editing or sound, for example, then that artist has done their job well and will be hired again. The same can be said about directing. But the film I’m about to talk about breaks the mould. Writer/director Lynne Ramsay (‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’) has made a film so sharp, so calculated, that you can see her workings like a maths equation - but it’s not until the whole picture has been revealed that you understand why. For all of ‘You Were Never Really Here’s’ tight 89 minutes the shots are long, the sets are dark, the dialogue is sparse, and the action is brutal. You have no idea what’s going on, and yet you know everything at the same time. You’re both shocked by its action, yet knew exactly what was coming - and by the end, you’re in awe about how a film can say so much with so little.

'YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE' TRAILER

Joaquin Phoenix ('Her', ‘Walk the Line’) is Joe. He has PTSD on top of PTSD on top of PTSD. He spends his days taking care of his elderly mother (Judith Roberts, TV’s ‘Orange is the New Black’) and his nights as a “hired gun” for those willing to pay. The only thing crossing over into both worlds is his inability to block out the trauma of the things he’s seen and done in his life, and his constant half-baked suicides attempts to forget them permanently. When tasked with recovering a politician’s young daughter (Ekaterina Samsonov, ‘Wonderstruck’) from a house of unspeakable evil, he ends up pissing off the wrong people and they make it personal. Let’s just say that whatever happens next, they brought it on themselves, and no one will weep for their outcome.

The shots are long, the sets are dark, the dialogue is sparse, and the action is brutal.

So, we have our story, our plot and our protagonist, and to put it all together is Ramsay’s exquisite direction. She has compartmentalised every single facet of this film and Joe’s personality. For a film that contains so much violence, she has created a distinction between violence with a purpose, vengeful violence, self-inflicted violence, and cathartic violence. She has created a distinction between day Joe and night Joe. She has created a distinction between what Joe hears then, now and later. This is a puzzle with a thousand pieces, pieced together with precision, grace and an unparalleled eye by Lynne Ramsay. I also don’t think I’ve ever given kudos to a sound designer before, but all hail Paul Davies and his team for their extraordinary work. As for the small cast, Joaquin is quiet, soulful and damaged, a character he has perfected over time. He has embodied Joe from his excessive physical damage to his mental scaring and his uncompromising heart.

‘You Were Never Really Here’ is a slow burn with a lot of brutal elements with smatterings of ‘Leon: The Professional’ - only that film now seems like a Disney flick compared to this.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 06/09/2018
RUN TIME: 1h 29m
CAST: Joaquin Phoenix
Ekaterina Samsonov
Alessandro Nivola
Alex Manette
John Doman
Judith Roberts
Ryan Martin Brown
Jason Babinsky
Frank Pando
Kate Easton
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Lynne Ramsay
PRODUCERS: Rosa Attab
Pascal Caucheteux
Lynne Ramsay
James Wilson
SCORE: Jonny Greenwood
www.youwereneverreallyhere.movie
YouWereNeverReallyHere
YouWereNeverMov
YouWereNeverReallyHere
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw - Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham's action-packed spinoff
TRENDINGWIN FAST & FURIOUS: HOBBS & SHAWDwayne Johnson & Jason Statham's action-packed spinoff
Farming - Caught between two worlds in an mournfully true story
TRENDINGWIN FARMINGCaught between two worlds in an mournfully true story
Sliders: The Complete Collection - The entire classic sci-fi series in one big box set
TRENDINGWIN SLIDERS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTIONThe entire classic sci-fi series in one big box set
Judy & Punch - A fierce, darkly comic and epic revenge story
TRENDINGWIN JUDY & PUNCHA fierce, darkly comic and epic revenge story
Emu Runner - Another great win for Indigenous storytelling
TRENDINGEMU RUNNERAnother great win for Indigenous storytelling
And Then We Danced - A passionate and remarkable classic in the making
TRENDINGAND THEN WE DANCEDA passionate and remarkable classic in the making
Marriage Story - Simply extraordinary
TRENDINGMARRIAGE STORYSimply extraordinary
School's Out - The children know too much
TRENDINGSCHOOL'S OUTThe children know too much
Official Secrets - Exposing lies at a time of war
TRENDINGOFFICIAL SECRETSExposing lies at a time of war
Charlie's Angels - A new generation of Angels, another barrel of fun
TRENDINGCHARLIE'S ANGELSA new generation of Angels, another barrel of fun
Here Comes Hell - High society British horror
TRENDINGHERE COMES HELLHigh society British horror
Jewish International Film Festival 2019 - The reviews
TRENDINGJEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019The reviews
Ford v Ferrari - A racing biopic that's right on track
TRENDINGFORD v FERRARIA racing biopic that's right on track
NT Live: Fleabag - The birth of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's masterwork
TRENDINGNT LIVE: FLEABAGThe birth of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's masterwork
God of the Piano - A tale that tickles the ivories
TRENDINGGOD OF THE PIANOA tale that tickles the ivories
The Angry Birds Movie 2 - Flying a little bit higher the second time around
TRENDINGTHE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2Flying a little bit higher the second time around
The Report - Truth and idealism versus the administrative state
TRENDINGTHE REPORTTruth and idealism versus the administrative state
Children of the Sea - Sunk by a soggy script
TRENDINGCHILDREN OF THE SEASunk by a soggy script
Claire Darling - A French film fail
TRENDINGCLAIRE DARLINGA French film fail
The Land Before Time - 30th anniversary of a breathtaking animated masterpiece
TRENDINGTHE LAND BEFORE TIME30th anniversary of a breathtaking animated masterpiece
© 2011 - 2019 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us