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The Souvenir: Part II

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United Kingdom · 2021
Rated R · 1h 46m
Director Joanna Hogg
Starring Honor Swinton Byrne, Richard Ayoade, Tilda Swinton, Charlie Heaton
Genre Drama

In this sequel to the 2019 film The Souvenir, filmmaker Joanna Hogg offers a semi-autobiographical portrait of the filmmaker as a young woman. In the aftermath of her tumultuous relationship with a heroin-addicted older man, Julie, an ambitious film student in 1980s London, tries to come to terms with her feelings as she makes her graduation film.

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What are people saying?

Chichi Tsai Profile picture for Chichi Tsai

I enjoyed this second part more than I did the first; it's an easier emotional journey, though no less rewarding. Part II focuses much more on the creative act of becoming an artist and how to process the things that happened to you, once the looming daily dread of "what could happen" in a difficult relationship is (terribly, horrifically) removed. It is messy, funny, healing, and bravely vulnerable. I liked the naturalistic performances and the emphasis on the collaborative nature of filmmaking.

What are critics saying?


The Playlist by Carlos Aguilar

A masterwork of self-introspection through the canvas of cinema, The Souvenir: Part II is a meta epic of delicate proportions that constantly folds into itself and reveals the murky waters that border fiction and the reality that inspires it, sometimes, like in this case, more directly than others.


Time Out by Dave Calhoun

This is a story about the importance of making mistakes, of learning, of pulling yourself up and trying again – whether in love, sex, art or friendship. It’s a delirious ‘making of’ film: the making of an artist and the making of a life in all its messy glory.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

As vulnerable as its predecessor and textured with the same velvet sense of becoming, “Part II” adds new layers of depth and distance to the looking glass of Hogg’s self-reflection.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Though fully distinct in its thematic and aesthetic fixations, The Souvenir Part II abuts its predecessor to form one of the medium’s most intimate, expressive portraits of the artist as a young woman — a mirror tilted just enough away from the filmmaker that the audience, too, can catch itself in the glass.


TheWrap by Jason Solomons

This second part is lighter, more playful, growing in confidence along with its protagonist, in a terrific performance from Byrne. But it’s also full of gentle, cherished acts of memory . . . that build up powerful reminders of the past.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

The two-part The Souvenir can be seen very much as one whole, and as such is one of the very best achievements in recent British cinema.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

Where Part I had a shimmering poignancy as a tragic love story, this is busy and dazzling: Hogg has never made a funnier piece of work or come to us with such fresh provocations.

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