You Were Never Really Here

You Were Never Really Here ★★★★★

A radical deconstruction of the action genre and what we've come to expect from our heroes. Fantasy, flashback and reality are all swirled together, a trauma-saturated past manifesting as shard of glass in the soul. The question of "did that really happen?" has never been less important. Ramsay owns this film, particularly in her writing. Phoenix is good, but it's the absolutely impeccable editing that creates his powerful performance. Though there's minimal dialogue, the impressionistic soundscape paired with Jonny Greenwood's pulsating score makes this film feel anything but quiet.  

How can a man save anyone else when he cannot save himself?

Rating: 92/100

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