Yesterday afternoon I went to the Watershed to see Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” (Ramsay was the director of the acclaimed “We Need Talk About Kevin”).
Oh. My. Goodness (think: blood, guns
and ball-peen hammers!).
Phoenix (Joe) is a hired gun with a reputation for brutality – he’s ex-military
and specialises in retrieving lost children. His task is to track
down the teenage daughter (Nina, played by Ekaterina Samsonov) of a politician;
she’s has been abducted, drugged and sold off into sexual slavery.
is a shattered, fragile man. A combat-shocked veteran, he’s haunted by his past
– his abusive, violent father… and the film is peppered with flashbacks and
horrors from his past. Suicide never feels far away (plastic bag over head;
dagger blade in mouth; looking at jumping from bridges; drowning – you get the
picture!). But he also has obligations: caring for his aged mother and an
apparent moral crusade to rescue Nina from her nightmare existence.
soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood is excellent – and absolutely right for the film.
though the film only lasts for 90 minutes, it’s still pretty overwhelming. At
times, it’s dream-like, at times it's surreal and disorientating… and exhausting.
performance is spell-binding (you wouldn’t want to confront him in ANY way!).
On the face of it (ie. with all the
blood and bodies), this really isn’t my kind of film… and yet, I was completely
captivated by it.
I think you should see it – you might
be pleasantly surprised (ok, well perhaps ‘pleasant’ might be the wrong word!).
PS: The film has very little dialogue,
but (and you’re going to think these are merely the ramblings of a
slightly-deaf, aged codger!) I actually found that the little there was was
virtually incoherent. I definitely needed sub-titles!
abide with me
1 month ago