A shy but ambitious film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Tom Burke). She defies her protective mother (Tilda Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship that comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams. From acclaimed writer-director Joanna Hogg comes an enigmatic and personal portrait of the artist as a young woman, combining passionate emotions and exquisite aesthetics into a lush, dreamlike story of young adulthood and first love. At once enrapturing and mysteriously unsettling—and featuring a profoundly layered breakout performance by Honor Swinton Byrne—THE SOUVENIR is an essential and enduring film from one of our most distinctive and exciting filmmakers.
“With the combined efforts of Hogg, Swinton Byrne and Burke, THE SOUVENIR recreates the sensation of riding an emotional roller coaster with an unstable partner: the dizzying highs, the free-falling lows and the unpredictable sharp turns that can be either terrifying or thrilling.” —Monica Castillo, rogerebert.com “Remember the name Honor Swinton Byrne. In Joanna Hogg's delicate, dazzling masterpiece, her star is born. Definitely one of the best movies so far this year.” —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
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