Joanna Hogg is back with the second part of the remarkable and partly autobiographical The Souvenir (part 1 was shown at UEFF 2019), which follows film school student Julie in 80s London. In the remnants of a destructive relationship from the first film, Julie (excellently played by Honor Swinton Byrne) processes her trauma by using the relationship as a theme in her graduation film. Hogg is one of Britain’s sharpest directors, so skilled that the cast’s heavier names like Tilda Swinton (mother of the main character) and Richard Ayoade excel in smaller roles without us even thinking about it. The Souvenir, whose two parts can be enjoyed seperately as well as together, is a deeply personal film experience about being torn down and built up, both as an artist and as a human being.
– Daniel Tollefsen Altamirano