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The Souvenir: Part II
Tuesday, Dec 7, 2021 8:15 PM
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Directed by Joanna Hogg
The Souvenir: Part II is a companion piece to The Souvenir (2017). The original follows a film student, Julie who, while pursuing her filmmaking, becomes romantically involved with a man who, it is clear, is wholly untrustworthy and whom we desperately wish she'd extricate herself from. The Souvenir ends in tragedy -- and Part II then picks up where the first film left off, with Julie trying to make sense of the tragedy and of her previous romantic relationship, by way of making a film about it.
Part II, as such, is a beautifully complex study of both grief, loneliness, and of how art (specifically cinema) intersects with and can channel (and maybe redeem) grief and forge a way into new connections.
Audiences won't necessarily need to see the first film first to see Part II, though the first is also very much worth seeing (and it's streaming now on Kanopy, accessible via the wcls website for library patrons).
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Directed by Joanna Hogg

Program Director notes:
The Souvenir: Part II is a bit of a niche film in that sense that it is a companion piece to The Souvenir (2017). The Souvenir, the original, follows a film student, Julie (played by the brilliant Honor Swinton Byrne and based, roughly, on director Joanna Hogg herself) who, while pursuing her filmmaking career path, becomes romantically involved with a man who, it is clear to us as audience members, is wholly untrustworthy and whom we desperately wish she'd extricate herself from (though we also understand her attraction).

The Souvenir ends in tragedy -- and The Souvenir: Part II then picks up where the first film left off, with Julie trying to make sense of the tragedy and of her previous romantic relationship, by way of making a film about it. 

The Souvenir: Part II, as such, is a beautifully complex study of both grief, loneliness, and of how art (specifically cinema) intersects with and can channel (and maybe redeem) grief and forge a way into new connections.

It's a film for cinema lovers -- its meta-aspects are brilliant and its very final shots are among the very best, thematically and formally, of the year -- as well as a film for anyone who loves seeing actors being the very best they can be, without the Oscar-grabby histrionics. Tilda Swinton, Swinton Byrne's real mother, playing Julie's mother in the film, is simply fabulous, and Swinton Byrne herself, like her mother, is destined for greatness. They, and everyone else in the film, are simply people you believe, whole-heartedly, are real. Like the best acting, it doesn't seem like acting at all. 

It's a quiet film in many ways but an ultimately warm and generous one, with a stunningly strong emotional undercurrent that rewards an audience willing to engage. It's untterably good. 

Audiences won't necessarily need to see the first film first to see The Souvenir: Part II though the first, alone, is also very much worth seeing (and it's streaming now on Kanopy, accessible via the wcls website for any Whatcom County library patrons). 



Film Info
Rating:R
Reason for rating:for some strong sexuality, and language
Official Site:https://a24films.com/films/the-souvenir-part-ii
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PR_ZK57c54
Country of Origin:UK
Language:English
Genre:Drama