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Souvenir

Isabelle Huppert stars as a middle-aged factory worker whose long-ago brush with fame comes to the fore again when she begins a romance with a young aspiring boxer.
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Austin Chronicle by

All the action in Souvenir happens in such a dreamlike haze, that it’s my personal pet theory that none of it is actually real and Liliane has been sitting in front of the TV the whole time.
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Village Voice by Abbey Bender

While there’s poignancy to be found in Souvenir’s depiction of aging and work, the sexual politics leave something to be desired.
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The New York Times by Glenn Kenny

The story is as predictable as they come, played out at such a low emotional temperature as to be practically ignorable. Which wouldn’t necessarily be a problem if it offered something else worth paying attention to. Something else besides the endlessly watchable lead actress, that is.
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The Film Stage by Jared Mobarak

The songs are catchy, the romance sweetly intense, and the lack of meaty drama an intentional maneuver to keep things light. As a distraction from life’s inherent drama, you could do a lot worse.
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Los Angeles Times by Robert Abele

Not that there aren't sporadic pleasures in store for the star's completists — a seasoned gesture here, a well-timed tear there and the steely beauty of her ageless gaze. But it's not enough to save Souvenir from the sense that without her anchoring presence, this movie would float away.
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Movie Nation by Roger Moore

Huppert at 65 is “still getting it done.” She’s a magnetic presence in any film. But too much of this one is trite, tried and true. And the tunes? Not tone-deaf, but close.
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RogerEbert.com by Sheila O'Malley

The story is simple — too simple, in fact — and some of its more intriguing elements could use further developing, but the presence of Huppert makes Souvenir well worth a look.

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