Lynne Ramsay’s newest film, “You Were Never Really Here,” has finally released its international trailer. The film premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to glowing reviews, even though it was shown as an “unfinished” piece, according to First Showing. Starring Joaquin Phoenix (“Her”), the trailer is as darkly delicious as one would hope.
The film follows Joe, a ruthless enforcer, who is tasked with rescuing a girl from a human trafficking ring. His rescue mission becomes embroiled in a storm of violence that shakes the man to his very core. Nina, the missing girl, is played by Ekaterina Samsonov (“Wonderstruck”), with Alex Manette (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”) playing her concerned, politician father. Alessandro Nivola (“American Hustle”), John Doman (“The Wire”), and Judith Roberts (“Orange is the New Black”) will also star in the brutal drama. Ramsay, who helmed the critically acclaimed “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” directed the film and wrote the screenplay. “You Were Never Really Here” is based on the Jonathan Ames novel of the same name, and also features a cinematic score from Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood, according to The Independent.
The film made a big splash at Cannes, snagging the awards for Best Actor (Phoenix) and Best Screenplay (Ramsay), along with a nomination for the coveted Palme d’Or for Ramsay. Ramsay also received the ICS Cannes Award for his work. The film received a seven-minute standing ovation at Cannes, which is high praise in such a heady atmosphere. It’s likely that the film will do just as well during the upcoming awards season if the full film lives up to its trailer.
“You Were Never Really Here” premieres Nov. 8. Watch the international trailer below. Oh, and just a heads up, this is the French release trailer, so there’s French subtitles and a different title, “A Beautiful Day.”