The Souvenir

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

Currently the #1 ranked movie of 2019 on Metacritic, which surveys all critics, The Souvenir was also the toast of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. “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 TV and feature director with a distinctly intimate style, graduated from film school in the 1980s; her thesis project starred a then-unknown Tilda Swinton (already magnetic) as a character whose obsession with fashion results in a glamorous plunge into a magazine spread. Now, completing a cosmic circle, Hogg casts the Oscar-winning actor’s daughter, Honor Swinton-Byrne, to play an autobiographical version of herself as a young film student Julie, peering through spring-loaded Bolex cameras and awakening to the pleasures and heartaches of early ’80s London. (Mama Swinton is on hand too, as Hogg’s elegant, concerned mother.) …An older man, 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—”We don’t know what the inner machinations of the heart are,” he murmurs—then as a sharer of books and bed… The couple escapes for a Venice vacation, but despite their fancy-dress excursions and an accordion wafting in the air, Julie is in tears, sensing that something is off… While it’s unspooling, The Souvenir feels like the only film in the world—the only one that matters” —Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out. R. 119 Min.