Tag: Lynne Ramsay

  • “You Were Never Really Here” Is a Magnificent Nervous Breakdown of a Movie

    I first saw Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it was the final title to screen in competition because the filmmakers were still working on it. The Cannes cut made it in just under the wire in rough, unfinished form, with a running time that, hilariously, kept changing […]

  • ‘Movies Are Strange, Man’: Joaquin Phoenix Talks About Not Knowing What’s Next

    I don’t know. Those are the three words that Joaquin Phoenix probably says the most during our interview. He may be one of the greatest actors of his generation — possibly, the greatest — but even he seems not quite capable of articulating just how it is he does what he does. That somehow feels right. We’re talking […]

  • The 12 Best Movies From the 2017 Cannes Film Festival

    The 2017 Cannes Film Festival wrapped up last Sunday with a slate of generally predictable (and perfectly worthwhile) awards. And while it may have been a somewhat lackluster year for the festival’s main competition, there were plenty of cinematic treasures to be found on the Croisette — even a couple of outright masterpieces. Here are […]

  • The Best Film At Cannes Almost Didn’t Make It There On Time

    One of my favorite things in the Village Voice archive is Molly Haskell and Andrew Sarris’s coverage from the 1979 Cannes Film Festival, wherein they recount the breathless, will-he-make-it anticipation for the arrival of Francis Ford Coppola’s decade-in-the-works Vietnam epic, Apocalypse Now. That year’s other fest titles, as Haskell notes, were met with a combination of […]

  • Bad Mommy: Tilda Swinton and Her Problem Child in We Need To Talk About Kevin

    In Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin, Tilda Swinton lives out an urban bohemian’s worst nightmare. Forced to give up her independence (and downtown loft) when a reckless night with schlubby photographer flame Franklin (John C. Reilly) results in accidental pregnancy, free-spirit travel writer Eva becomes an unhappy housewife in suburbia, stuck caring […]


    When your son is an extremely disturbed boy who does the incomprehensible, what do you do? That’s exactly the dilemma that Eva (played by the incomparable Tilda Swinton) and Franklin (John C. Reilly) encounter in Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin. The psychological thriller, based on the best-selling novel, screens tonight in conjunction […]

  • The Aftershocks of a School Shooting in Beautiful Boy

    One of two current films dealing with the familial fallout of a teenager’s school shooting spree (Lynne Ramsay’s similarly themed We Need to Talk About Kevin debuted to mixed reviews at Cannes), Beautiful Boy has an intense insularity that is it’s biggest strength and most major weakness. The story is elemental: Bill and Kate Carroll […]

  • Fifteen and Pissed: Fish Tank

    Katie Jarvis, who makes her acting debut as a rabid teenager in writer-director Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank, was discovered on an English railway station platform, yelling at her boyfriend. Whether Jarvis is a natural-born actress or is simply playing herself as Mia, a foul-mouthed, 15-year-old child of the Essex projects with a gift for raising […]

  • Save the Last Trance

    LONDON—As fragmentary, elusive, and brilliantly hued as a kaleidoscope’s pattern, Lynne Ramsay’s Morvern Callar is a hypnotic tone poem on the intersection of grief and hedonism. A largely faithful adaptation of Alan Warner’s slender 1995 novel, Ramsay’s sensuous second feature (opening Friday) evokes a protracted fever dream—one that commences when the title character, a supermarket […]

  • Road Warriors

    Driving into the blizzard of Christmas releases come two star-powered road movies, the echt-American About Schmidt and Brit fave Morvern Callar. Each named for its main character, these are seriously pop adaptations of recent novels that narrate unreliably and disdain quotation marks. In both texts, the character is plunged into existential confusion by the sudden […]