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THE SOUVENIR

THE SOUVENIR

Joanna Hogg · UK · 2019 · 119 mins · 14A
AwardsIMDbMetaCritic 93Rotten Tomatoes 95%


GRAND JURY PRIZE WINNER! –Sundance Film Festival

CRITICS' PICK  - The New York Times

FIVE STARS! A cinematic memoir of once-in-a-decade emotional precision and ambition, Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir does many things so exquisitely it’s hard to know where to begin. Hogg, a veteran British director with a distinctly intimate style, graduated from film school in the 1980s. Now, completing a cosmic circle, Hogg casts Tilda Swinton’s daughter, Honor Swinton-Byrne, to play an autobiographical version of herself as a young film student awakening to the pleasures and heartaches of early ’80s London. (Mama Swinton is on hand too, as Hogg’s elegant, concerned mother.)

To watch Swinton-Byrne’s 24-year-old Julie—angelically innocent, soft in voice, curious, a touch embarrassed by her Knightsbridge privilege—is to make the kind of immediate heart-to-heart connection with an actor that only the movies can broker.
Anthony (Tom Burke, wryly funny while charting a devastating descent), enters into Julie’s life, first as a worldly adviser and spouter of pretentious come-ons, then as a sharer of books and a bed.

Swinton-Byrne and Burke are magnificent, tender and exposed, and though we flinch protectively for the teller of this tale, Hogg turns her story into a gift of empathy. A sequel is already in the works; when it arrives, you’ll still be wrecked by this one. While it’s unspooling, The Souvenir feels like the only film in the world—the only one that matters. –Time Out New York

“FOUR STARS” –The Guardian

“THE BEST KIND OF FINE ART: HEARTBREAKING, SOPHISTICATED AND DEEPLY CINEMATIC ALL AT ONCE.”  --The Wrap

“ONE OF MY FAVOURITE MOVIES OF THE YEAR SO FAR”
--A.O. Scott, The New York Times 

“A BRILLIANT LITTLE GEM.”  --Screen Daily 
Cast Honor Swinton-Byrne, Tilda Swinton, Tom Burke
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