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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  • Hogg's lighter touch discourages easy judgment. Despite this she has a knack for the kind of vignette that speaks volumes about a relationship.

    Oct 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The absolute specificity of this story makes it universal too. It's the best British film for a long time.

    Aug 30, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • As rousing and exhilarating as anything you'll see in a Hollywood blockbuster or high-level horror.

    Aug 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Tender and charming, but the bitter sting elevates it to greatness.

    Aug 24, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Swinton Byrne and Burke make for one of the year's most intriguing screen couples, although this is a romance based on anxiety, narcissism and opportunism rather than anything resembling genuine affection.

    Jun 6, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This is not a movie that lets life simply play out as it is or was - it is instead a collection of memories, some sharp as shards but others smoothed down.

    Jun 5, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Sep 10, 2019
    Hogg isn't playing by the typical rules of a coming of age drama, which makes "The Souvenir" feel more raw and honest than you'd expect.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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