Jonathan Ames is the author of the novels I Pass Like Night, The Extra Man, and Wake Up, Sir!, the graphic novel The Alcoholic (illustrated by Dean Haspiel), and the essay collections What’s Not to Love?, My Less Than Secret Life, I Love You More Than You Know, and The Double Life Is Twice as Good. He is the editor of Sexual Metamorphosis: An Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is also the creator of two television shows: the HBO series Bored to Death and the STARZ series Blunt Talk. You can listen below.
Joe has witnessed things that cannot be erased. A former FBI agent and Marine, his abusive childhood has left him damaged beyond repair. He has completely withdrawn from the world and earns his living rescuing girls who have been kidnapped into the sex trade. When he’s hired to save the daughter of a corrupt New York senator held captive at a Manhattan brothel, he stumbles into a dangerous web of conspiracy, and he pays the price. As Joe’s small web of associates are picked off one by one, he realizes that he has no choice but to take the fight to the men who want him dead. Brutal and redemptive in equal measure, You Were Never Really Here is a toxic shot of a thriller, laced with corruption, revenge and the darkest of inner demons.
You Were Never Really Here – Trailer – Starring Joaquin Phoenix. Directed by Lynne Ramsay. Winner of Best Actor and Best Screenplay at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. You Were Never Really Here arrives in select theaters April 6.