A missing teenage girl. A brutal and tormented enforcer on a rescue mission. In the sex trafficking thriller ‘You Were Never Really Here’ a war veteran’s attempt to save a young girl from a sex trafficking ring goes horribly wrong. Joaquin Phoenix plays a war vet who devotes himself to saving women being exploited by sex traffickers. Things go very wrong when he tries to save a girl from a brothel in New York City.
Corrupt power and vengeance unleash a storm of violence that may lead to his awakening. Written and directed by Ramsay, ‘You Were Never Really Here’ is based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Jonathan Ames. In the clip we see Phoenix’s character in a hooded sweatshirt slowly walking down the hallway of a building before exiting into a back alleyway only to be met by an attacker.
With sounds of an alarm bell from the building ringing in the background, Phoenix’s character easily takes out the attacker, leaving him curled up on the ground in pain. He soon hops into a yellow cab – but with no sense of urgency or fear – and tells the driver to head to the airport. ‘You Were Never Really Here’ also starring Alessandro Nivola was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The film is slated to be released in theaters November 8, 2017.