1980’s London. Julie (a breakout performance from Honor Swinton Byrne) is a shy film student from a privileged background, who wants to use her work to better understand the realities of the world. When she meets the older and mysterious Anthony, Julie finds herself caught up in her first serious love affair. While her mother (Tilda Swinton) and friends are concerned about the relationship, Julie remains naively devoted to her new love, even when she unearths an unthinkable secret. Director Joanna Hogg (Unrelated, Exhibition) reimagines some of her own real-life experiences, resulting in a film that explores many subjects including art and memory, alongside those of romance and love. Keenly observed, The Souvenir is refreshingly honest and beautifully devastating.
★★★★★ “… mysterious, seductive, thrillingly controlled … “ – Robbie Collin, The Daily Telegraph
120 minutes, UK, 2019, 15A. Director: Joanna Hogg. Cast: Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton