The Souvenir

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Made by a filmmaker in command of her craft and a star perfectly matched with the material, The Souvenir is a uniquely impactful coming of age drama.



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A shy film student begins finding her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man. She defies her protective mother and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship which comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.

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  • An extraordinary rumination on memory and privilege while also being one of the most incisive movies ever to directly address-in moral, philosophical and personal terms-what it means to be a filmmaker.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

    Oliver Jones

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  • With the combined efforts of Hogg, Swinton Byrne and Burke, The Souvenir recreates the sensation of riding an emotional roller coaster with an unstable partner.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Remember the name Honor Swinton Byrne. In Joanna Hogg's delicate, dazzling masterpiece, her star is born. Definitely one of the best movies so far this year.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This is Hogg's most disconcerting work to date.

    May 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Hogg's confessional memoir draws you in, while her clinical style pushes you away.

    May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

    Mark Jenkins

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  • The Souvenir treats the painful events at its center with a kind of remoteness, as if handling a fragile long-lost object while wearing thick gloves.

    May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dana Stevens

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