The Souvenir Part II

BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmThe Souvenir Part II

Showing: 04 February 2022 until 10 February 2022

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Fri 4 Feb 2022
Sat 5 Feb 2022
Sun 6 Feb 2022
Mon 7 Feb 2022
Tue 8 Feb 2022
Wed 9 Feb 2022
Thu 10 Feb 2022

DirectorJoanna Hogg
WritersJoanna Hogg
Running Time1HR 46MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Joanna Hogg’s glorious follow up to The Souvenir sees Honor Swinton Byrne returning as Julie for this rich autofictional portrait of the birth of a filmmaker.

Picking up where the first film left off, a devastated Julie mourns the death of her lover and the discovery of his secret life. She’s returned to her parents’ home to grieve – Hogg again emphatically demonstrating that no filmmaker can better illuminate a depth of subtext in middle-class English reserve. Julie is also under pressure to start her film school graduation project, drawing on her recent grief and workshopping with actors to fully develop the story.

The Souvenir was always conceived in two parts, and it’s such a pleasure to return to Hogg’s pitch-perfect evocation of 1980s Britain, with another superb soundtrack and vintagestore-cool stylings from costume designer Grace Snell. With unexpected humour and more expressive set pieces in Julie’s film-within-a-film, Hogg also adds new notes here, and works with an exceptional cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Jaygann Ayeh, Harris Dickinson, Ariane Labed and Richard Ayoade.

An impeccable film from one of the UK’s finest directors – bittersweet, rich with Hogg’s typically incisive understanding of people and filled with moments of joy.

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