You Were Never Really Here — Review

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Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here

3-5Star

Each scene is like an experimental symphony, playing strange chords and making new sounds. They clash on the ear, but they draw us into deeply felt patterns and emotions, defined by their intense, unflinching authenticity.”

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BLOG: Window Seat — The Harmony of Rear Window

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by Ken Bakely 

If someone was going to remake Rear Window, I could only see one “in” – one reason to approach this content and try to rebuild it. Perhaps the one angle which Alfred Hitchcock did not take, but could prove intriguing, is to go deeper into the restrictions of its setting. The film takes place entirely within the line of sight of L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart), a photographer who finds himself strung up in a wheelchair. He’s spent the past several weeks confined to his apartment, staring out the window into the courtyard, where four other buildings meet. It’s a hot summer, and everyone has their windows wide open. You can see right in. He becomes convinced that one of his neighbors has committed a murder. Soon his girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) and nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter) have been roped into his suspicions, and poke and prod on his behalf, as paranoid whims give way into increasingly precarious situations.

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