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2017 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 11: Lynne Ramsay Hammers out Career Best & Palme Contender in You Were Never Really Here

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2017 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 11: Lynne Ramsay Hammers out Career Best & Palme Contender in You Were Never Really Here

2017 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 11: Lynne Ramsay Hammers out Career Best & Palme Contender in You Were Never Really Here

Kitchen sink realism in the distant past, You Were Never Really Here counts as feature number four, and yet this is her seventh visit to Cannes (with creds on three award-winning short features) prior 1999’s Un Certain Regard selected Ratcatcher. She of course gave us 2002’s Morvern Callar (Quinzaine) and she was last her first foray into Americana with 2011’s We Need to Talk About Kevin. Another adaptation (from Jonathan Ames’ novel), starring Joaquin Phoenix and Ekaterina Samsonov, this goes into dark matter of sex trafficking and unlike the Travis Bickle comparisons, this character has a heart.

This last comp title blew most of our jury away and undoubtably has a chance at toping our charts with the average grade just under 4 out of 5 stars. Despite the rush to get this to Cannes (there were no screen creds at the end), this film with almost no dialogue is arguably her career best, and is a possible Palme winner (not impossible for a final showing to win as this happened to Dardenne’s Rosetta).

Check back with us as we wrap up what our panel loved (and detested most) and make sure to join us on Sunday as we let our critics predict what should win and will win the Palme.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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