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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.


Joanna Hogg


Joanna Hogg (screenplay)
4,401 ( 98)
5 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Past Never Stays in Focus.


Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Principal photography took place in August 2017 in Norfolk, England. See more »


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 »


References It Happened One Night (1934) See more »


Duke Bluebeard's Castle
Performed by Christa Ludwig, Walter Berry, London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész
Written by Béla Bartók (music), Béla Balázs (libretto)
Licenced courtesy of Decca Music Group Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
Publishing by Universal Edition AG, Vienna
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Disquieting, slightly aloof drama about a poisonous relationship
20 May 2019 | by PotassiumManSee all my reviews

Honor Swinton Byrne gives a profoundly subtle performance as an impressionable film student from a privileged upbringing who becomes romantically involved with an enigmatic, charming man who works for the British government. Tom Burke is a stark presence as the young woman's muse. They gradually become inseparable.

She is a thoughtful, sensitive person who soon finds herself navigating the pitfalls of his serpentine personality. The film proceeds at a very deliberate pace and is low-key to the point of being catatonic at times. The main criticism of this film is that its slow patches do go on for quite a bit. But out of this dry and methodical narrative eventually emerges a raw tension leading to a conclusion that is quite powerful.

Although this isn't quite the masterpiece that many reviews have made it out to be, I found it a worthwhile and subtly rewarding cinematic experience. Recommended to patient viewers.

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Release Date:

30 August 2019 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,400, 19 May 2019

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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