YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
2017, Amazon Studios, 89 min, UK/France/USA, Dir: Lynne Ramsay

Based on the noir novella by Jonathan Ames, this thriller hurtles viewers headlong into the psychological breakdown of a troubled mercenary named Joe (Cannes Best Actor winner Joaquin Phoenix), a former U.S. soldier turned FBI agent, who now devotes his considerable capacity for violence to the rescue of kidnapped young women. When his latest assignment to retrieve a senator’s daughter (Ekaterina Samsonov) goes brutally wrong, Joe’s tightly controlled world spirals into chaos, and he is forced to confront his inability to save anyone - least of all himself. “No shot or cut here is idle or extraneous. … In a Lynne Ramsay film, even the off-key elements are perfectly chosen; an exquisite, anxious study in damage, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE knows exactly the value of its scars.” - Guy Lodge, Variety.


MY GOLDEN DAYS
TROIS SOUVENIRS DE MA JEUNESSE
2015, Magnolia Pictures, 123 min, France, Dir: Arnaud Desplechin

Mathieu Amalric reprises the role of Paul Dédalus from Arnaud Desplechin’s MY SEX LIFE … OR HOW I GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT in this origin story. Paul, now an anthropologist, prepares to leave Tajikistan and reflects on his life in a series of flashbacks covering three periods: his troubled childhood in Roubaix (newcomer Quentin Dolmaire portrays Paul as an adolescent); his trip to the U.S.S.R., where a clandestine mission led him to offer up his own identity to a young Russian; and university life, with its shifting circle of friends and their casual betrayals. But most of all, he remembers Esther (Lou Roy-Lecollinet), the beautiful, rude, haughty love of his life. An SACD Award winner at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.


ISMAEL’S GHOSTS
LES FANTÔMES D’ISMAËL
2017, Magnolia Pictures, 135 min, France, Dir: Arnaud Desplechin

Twenty-one years ago, she ran away; now Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) is back from the void. But Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) has been busy rebuilding a life for himself with Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and working on his next feature film. As Ismael's trials and tribulations unfurl, so too do those of the film-within-a-film’s protagonist: the idle, funny and reckless diplomat Ivan Dédalus (Louis Garrel), who, in a nod to earlier Desplechin films, is the brother of recurring character Paul Dédalus. With ISMAEL’S GHOSTS, Desplechin returns once more to the past and proves yet again that his brand of genius lies in his ability to find light in the darkest of places. This is the full-length director’s cut of the film, 20 minutes longer and markedly different in tone from the version that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.


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