The first international trailer for Lynne Ramsay’s new thriller You Were Never Really Here hit online. The film garnered rave reviews when it premiered (in an incomplete form) at the Cannes FIlm Festival, where Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor, and tied for Best Screenplay with Yorgos Lanthimos‘ The Killing Of A Sacred Deer. This is an intense film, and you can be sure there will be blood.
Based on the novel by Jonathan Ames, You Were Never Really Here stars Phoenix as Joe, a war veteran and ex-FBI agent whose attempt to save a young girl from a sex trafficking ring goes awry. The film is being hailed as perhaps her best work yet.
Check out the trailer below, which was produced by a French studio, and still carries with it the translated title A Beautiful Day.
This is Ramsay’s first feature since helming the stunning 2011 drama We Need to Talk About Kevin, and her big screen return (based on Jonathan Ames’ novella of the same name) is a dark and brooding affair with a haunting, propulsive style.
You can also check out this exclusive clip shows Phoenix’s character shrouded in a hoodie as he walks a hallway before exiting into a back alleyway only to meet an attacker. Joe, as played by Phoneix, easily takes out the baddie, leaving him curled on the ground in pain as the sounds of an alarm bell ring from another building in the background. Joe hops into a yellow cab, with no sense of urgency or fear, and tells the driver to head to the airport.
You Were Never Really Here, which boasts a score by Radiohead‘s Jonny Greenwood, is skipping the Fall film festival circuit and will hit cinemas worldwide this November. Amazon Studios picked up the film in Cannes last year in a competitive situation.
The film contains some extreme violence which could make it a hard sell outside of the arthouse and indie markets, but the addition of Phoenix and Ramsay’s return could make it a high-profile release for the fall season, and potentially an awards’ contender.
You Were Never Really Here opens abroad in November. No word yet on a U.S. date from Amazon.