You Were Never Really Here

You Were Never Really Here ★★★★★

Incredible. My whole body tensed up and my jaw clenched watching this. I don't know that I've ever felt this on edge at the movies before. I constantly wanted to look away, but I just couldn't. I was completely enthralled and engaged by the film in a way I so rarely am. It was terribly brutal and intense. Yet, there were also moments so astonishingly human and beautiful. (The scene where Joe sings along with one of the "villains" who broke into his home and allows him to hold his hand while he bleeds out from injuries was so lovely and generous. And that this moment took place in an otherwise violent and upsetting scene made it all the more impactful and special.)

I honestly doubt I'll see a better film this year. Certainly not one better directed or with a stronger male leading performance. I felt physically and emotionally rattled all today afterwards.

Also, unrelated but I saw this at the same theater I saw Carol at! Legends only at the Angelika Film Center theater 3!

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