Pick of the Day 5/8: You Were Never Really Here

It’s hard not to admire Jaoquin Phoenix’s work; he doesn’t just pop up any and everywhere and he actually acts. More importantly, he hasn’t morphed into a Marvel Comics hero … yet.  So let’s celebrate him while he’s still free of Stan Lee.  You Were Never Really Here is Phoenix’s 2017 thriller which won him a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor.  He plays, Joe, a former FBI agent and a Gulf War veteran suffering from PTSD.  As a result, Joe suffers from a host of troubles, all of which are exacerbated by his job — hunts for young girls who are abducted by sex trafficking rings. He’s a brutal enforcer (be prepared for some violence). On this occasion, Joe is assigned to a case involving a Senator’s daughter.  The case puts Joe through the psychological ringer;  he saves the girl, then loses the girl, then … well, you’ll have to see it to find out the rest.  Released by Amazon Studios, female director Lynne Ramsay won Best Screenplay at Cannes. Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst.

 

Author: Gina Beavers

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