YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE / WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVINyear-round
January 21, 2019 | 7:30PM | Aero Theatre
This screening is free with RSVP.
Please arrive early; RSVP is not a guarantee of seating. American Cinematheque Members will have priority seating when the doors open one hour prior to showtime. For more information on Membership, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discussion between films with director Lynne Ramsay, moderated by F.X. Feeney.
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.
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
2011, Oscilloscope Laboratories, 112 min, UK/USA, Dir: Lynne Ramsay
This suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller explores the fractious relationship between a mother and her evil son. Tilda Swinton, in a bracing, tour-de-force performance, plays the mother, Eva, as she contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller). Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN explores nature vs. nurture on a whole new level as Eva’s own culpability is measured against Kevin’s innate evilness. Ramsay’s masterful storytelling simultaneously combines a provocative moral ambiguity with a satisfying and compelling narrative, which builds to a chilling, unforgettable climax.