This is a rather dark film, where Joaquin Phoenix once again shines, with another intense and troubled role, which we have become accustomed to with him.

You Were Never Really Here deals with the sinister subject matter of paedophilia; Phoenix plays Joe, a hit-man hired to free Nina (Ekaterina Samsonov) from a pedophile ring. Joe's preferred use of a killing-tool is a hammer, so what follows is a series of brutal killings, along with unexplained painful flashbacks.

It's a very gloomy and shocking film which often borders on the disturbing, however within this context there is great visual poetry. Phoenix carries the film effortlessly, his manly facial features just fill up the screen, his physical acting make the character truly three-dimensional. The film isn't for the faint-hearted and it does deal with unsettling subject matter, but director Lynne Ramsay has created something of dream-like ethereal beauty.