The Souvenir

Certificate 15


(2019) 120 mins

Director: Joanna Hogg
Writer: Joanna Hogg
Cinematography: David Raedeker
Production Design: Stéphane Collonge


A shy but ambitious film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Tom Burke). She defies her protective mother (Tilda Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship that comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams. From acclaimed writer-director Joanna Hogg comes an enigmatic and personal portrait of the artist as a young woman, combining passionate emotions and exquisite aesthetics into a lush, dreamlike story of young adulthood and first love.  From the official website

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The Souvenir is an incredibly special film, one where every single word, look, pause and gesture is fraught with purpose and meaning. Ebbing and flowing from the contemporary to the classical, the set has the actors conversing in Julie’s chic apartment complex one minute, only to have them flitter in space to a period setting the next, which could easily emulate that of a Jane Austen fairytale. This film is a timeless delight from an exceptionally gifted storyteller.”  The Upcoming

Swinton-Byrne gives a fresh-faced, gorgeously unadorned performance and, rather than confronting us with brutal reality, Hogg utilises the weight of the unsaid to intrigue and beguile. She brings us teasingly close and holds us at a cool, careful remove, capturing the impossibility of ever knowing another. Excitingly, part two will follow.   Radio Times

Thu 09 Jan Codford St Peter
Sat 11 Jan Orkney: Hoy
Fri 27 Mar Llanfyllin
Fri 17 Apr Chepstow


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