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The Souvenir (2019)

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A young film student in the early '80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man.

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Joanna Hogg

Writer:

Joanna Hogg (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Young Neil Young ... Radio Interviewer
Tosin Cole ... Phil
Jack McMullen ... Jack
Frankie Wilson ... Frankie
Honor Swinton Byrne ... Julie
Hannah Ashby Ward Hannah Ashby Ward ... Tracy
Janet Etuk ... Janet
Chyna Terrelonge-Vaughan ... Ray
Tom Burke ... Anthony
Tilda Swinton ... Rosalind
Alice McMillan ... Elisa
Barbara Peirson Barbara Peirson ... Barbara
James Dodds James Dodds ... James
Dick Fontaine Dick Fontaine ... Head of Film School
Steve Gough Steve Gough ... Head of Direction
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A young film student in the early '80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man.

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The Past Never Stays in Focus.

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Rated R for some sexuality, graphic nudity, drug material and language | See all certifications »

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In her twenties, Joanna Hogg studied at the National Film and Television School outside of London. Her graduation piece Caprice starred a then-unknown Tilda Swinton. See more »

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Anthony: We don't know what the inner machinations of their mind are, or their heart. We don't know. But that's what we want to know when we go and see a film. We don't wanna just see life played out as is. We wanna see life as it is experienced, within this soft machine, within this...
Julie: But the life of Tony and his mother, they're the lives of real people. I'm not- I'm not making that up.
Anthony: Why are they more real than me?
Julie: They're not more real than you.
Anthony: Am I more real than you?
Julie: No. I think we're all equal in ...
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Crazy Credits

The credits end with "The Souvenir Part 2 coming soon" See more »

Connections

References Diva (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Stop the Cavalry
Performed by Jona Lewie
Written by Jona Lewie
Licenced courtesy of Stiff Records Ltd.
Under exclusive license to Union Square Music Ltd., a BMG Company
Publishing by Concord Music Publishing
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Disappointing and over-rated
23 July 2019 | by proud_ludditeSee all my reviews

Based on a true story: in the 1980s, Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) is a young British woman from a wealthy family and attending film school. She hooks up with Anthony (Tom Burke) who gradually takes advantage of her while trying to hide his serious personality flaws and habits.

Swinton Byrne does not, in any way, give a bad performance; in fact, it is rather good. But she lacks the depth and subtlety required to carry the main role in a two-hour movie. Adding to the trouble is Burke whose Tom is as bland as kale and as common as a condo construction project in downtown Toronto. This character is so lacking in charisma and charm that the film becomes an unintentional mystery as the viewer is left to wonder what Julie could possibly see in him with or without his shortcomings.

A sad irony is a scene in the film in which a film teacher explains that "Psycho" was a success as most scenes were normal, thus making its abnormal, frightening scenes stand out more. If only writer/director Joanna Hogg had followed the advice that she had written for one of her secondary characters. While the narrative of "The Souvenir" is consistent, it does not have any scene that stands out, making it long and dull.

A saving grace was the presence of Tilda Swinton (Swinton Byrne's real-life mother) portraying Julie's mother - emphasis on the word 'presence' which was missing in the primary performances. The film would have benefited with more scenes that included Swinton Senior.

"The Souvenir" is hyper-praised in the most baffling of ways by most critics. One of the praises is that it's based on a true story. Well, there are billions of true stories that don't make good films. Sadly, "The Souvenir" is one of them.


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Release Date:

30 August 2019 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,400, 19 May 2019

Gross USA:

$1,036,737

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,719,157
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1.66 : 1
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