“I haven’t seen a film this year that rivals THE SOUVENIR in cinematic ambition or narrative ingenuity–it’s no wonder Martin Scorsese is such a huge fan of director Joanna Hogg that he came on board as an executive producer. The film challenges us to decipher how a young, passionate artist loses touch with her ambition when she falls for a mysterious older gentleman. Hogg’s characters give themselves away in gestures and how they inhabit space– their words often mask true feelings that the characters themselves don’t understand and can’t articulate– they are strangers to themselves. The fact that Hogg can express this so eloquently makes this sneakily subdued film an absolute must-see for anyone who wants to be inspired by truly great filmmaking.” – Holly Herrick, AFS Head of Film & Creative Media
A shy film student begins finding her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man. She defies her protective mother and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship which comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.
“Honor Swinton Byrne’s performance is so open, so immediate, so caught up in emotional truths rather than performative beats, makes this one of the year’s most unique and memorable roles.” -Richard Whittaker, The Austin Chronicle
“Hogg is not a sensationalistic filmmaker, but rather someone who can convey tremendous amounts of emotion through total tranquility on-screen.” -David Sims,The Atlantic
“Equal parts reverie and requiem, THE SOUVENIR reveals itself to be a diorama-esque dissection of that volatile time in your life when every molecule feels like it’s restlessly vibrating in place, and even a brief encounter with another person has the power to rearrange your basic chemistry; when you’re so desperate to become yourself that you’ll happily believe in anyone else you happen to find along the way. -David Ehrlich, Indiewire