You Were Never Really Here

Synopsis: A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
Director(s): Lynne Ramsay
Production: Amazon Studios
  5 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min




- 12...

- Stand up straight.

- 11.

- Stand up straight.

- Ten.

- Stand up.

- Nine.

- Only f***ing p*ssy little girls slouch.

- Seven.

- 43...

- Six...

- 42...

- Five...

- 41...

- Four...

- 40...

- Three...

- 39...

- Two...

- 38...

- One.

- 37.

You must do better.

You must do better!

Say it.

I must do better, sir.




The tomatoes go in the refrigerator

and the bananas go in the fruit bowl.

I do some of the grocery shopping,

and always do the tomatoes first.

We don't ask for information.

You say that's it?

That's the only problem.

People will do that, the tomato crop,

tomato prices will be part of the deal.

Well, I thought that they'll have

a much better product, yeah.

But this lot will grow in the back yard,

pick 'em whenever you want.

If you want to eat tomatoes

12 months out of the year,

you're gonna have to pick 'em

at one of these two stations.

What the hell's wrong with you?


Wake Me

Come with me

Be anywhere you like with me

Wake me with your warm arms

Let me hear your voice

Hold me, hold me near you

It's your choice, oh, Lord

- Hello. You've reached...

- John McCleary.

After the tone,

please leave a message.

It's done.

Just go inside.

- What?

- Go inside. Just go, just go.

$300? You parasite!

Mom, I'm back.

50, 60, 70,


I'm not wealthy.

I'm just a woman with $75.


Excited to see me, huh?

You actually got me.

- I got you.

- Yeah, pretty good.

Got you, got you!

What is this sh*t you're watching?


Psycho was on today.

- Yeah.

- Yeah.

That scared me.

Oh, boy, it scared me.

Then why are you watching it alone?

I don't know.

I should've waited for you.


- Joe?

- Yeah?

Would you just stay a little bit?

Just stay.

- Okay.

- Just...

Cos you watched some scary,

f***ing movie?

Just till I've finished the movie.





I can't turn the tap off!

Oh, I don't have any of the...

I can't find anything.

- What are you looking for?

- I can't find my toothbrush.

It's right behind the mirror.


Oh, oh, okay.

Mom? Come on!

- Let's go. I'm opening.

- No, no, no, no! Stop that!

- Just let me...

- I'm opening the door.

No, no, no!

What are you doing?

What are you f***ing around with?

- There's water everywhere!

- I'm not f***ing around!

You are! There's nothing.

You keep rearranging... Get out.

I need my space!

- Your what?

- My space.

Alright. Go get your space downstairs.

Okay, I just needed that...

Are you sure

you can get downstairs alright?

What? Yeah.

Yeah, if I do it really slow.

I know what to do.

The man called.

Said he wants to see you, right away.

Did your son tell you that he saw me?

Hey, he was...

with a friend, you know.

It's just... just a coincidence, man.

Did he tell you where he saw me?


No, I...

I know you wouldn't want me to know, man.

Moises didn't mean to see you, Joe. He...

Don't yell at me.

He's just a stupid freaking kid.

- I know, but...

- He...

We're done, Angel.

Joe, he didn't mean to see you.

Come on.

Take the money.


We're like Jack and Jill

K, you're so kissable


Is the love light in your eyes

M, N, O, P

I could go on all day

Yes, you could.

Q, R, S, Alphabetically speaking...

You're okay

You make my life complete

V means you're very sweet

W, X, Y, Z

- Mom...

- What?

This fridge is disgusting.

- What's wrong?

- You got...

And all this sh*t's rotten.

Well, honey,

what are you looking for?

This cream cheese is from 1972.

I use it. Just leave it.

- How's Janice?

- Who's Janice?

Oh, come on.

You know who Janice is.

You mean my girlfriend from 20 years ago?

She would've been a good mom.

Stop it!



Going up?

What's all this?

That Cincinnati kid.

Parents are florists.

A warm thank you for getting

their darling daughter back home safe.


Josephine loved flowers.

I could never see the point myself.

The f***ers die anyway

and stink up the whole damn place.

God bless her.

Hey, um...

Listen, we gotta lose Angel's number.

- I'll find a new service.

- Okay.

No problem.

So, Angel's out.

You could uh... just call me directly,

you know, like a normal person.

There's no green ones.

- I like green.

- Hm.

F***ing a**hole!

Why am I here?

State Senator Albert Votto.

I ran his father's security

back in the '80s.

Lost track of him after his arraignment.

I found a green one.

The wife - Votto Junior's wife -

kills herself a couple of years ago.

Their teenage daughter's

been running away from home ever since.

I'm listening.

Votto calls me this morning.

She's been missing all weekend.

He doesn't wanna get the cops involved

now that he's running

on Governor Williams's ticket.


He's paying 50 grand cash.

What's the lead?

He got an anonymous text with an address.

Meet him at the Union Club, 2pm.

Josephine II is coming out of dry dock,

thanks to this.

I'm gonna drive her through the harbor

with a big f***ing fireworks display.

You, me, couple of steaks,

cold beers, setting sun...

What do you say to that?


235 East 31st Street.

That's what the text said.

You have kids, Joe?



Her name is Nina.

I've heard of these places...

Underage girls.

Senator, if she's there,

I'll get her.

McCleary said you were brutal.

I can be.

Gonna need this.

Be at this address, 3am.

Hotel Caribe, room 701.

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Lynne Ramsay

Lynne Ramsay (born 5 December 1969) is a Scottish film director, writer, producer, and cinematographer best known for the feature films Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar, We Need to Talk About Kevin and You Were Never Really Here. Her films are marked by a fascination with children and young people and the recurring themes of grief, guilt and death and its aftermath. They are low on dialogue and explicit story exposition, and instead use images, vivid details, music and sound design to create their worlds. In April 2013 she was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. In 2015, she was named as a member of the jury for the main competition at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. more…

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