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Joaquin Phoenix and Ekaterina Samsonov in You Were Never Really Here

Joaquin Phoenix plays Joe, a great slab of a man with a ditch-digger’s beard and piercing eyes. Joe works as a vigilante for hire, specialising in recovering abducted children. After a tangled series of elliptical – and fair warning, disturbing – images, flashbacks, memories and telling moments, the plot kicks in when his boss (John Doman) dispatches him to meet a US senator (Alex Manette), whose 13-year-old daughter (Ekaterina Samsonov) has disappeared. “I want you...

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