Troubles in love consume an aspiring filmmaker.
Joanna Hogg’s new film is “one of the saddest movies you can imagine” but also “an absolute joy to watch,” said A.O. Scott in The New York Times. Honor Swinton Byrne plays Julie, a student filmmaker in 1980s London, and she makes the character “an embodiment of the awkwardness and heedless grace of young adulthood almost without precedence in the movies.” She falls early on for a man who is slightly older and hiding a heroin habit, and as you watch their story unfold, “nothing in the world is more important than what will happen to her.” Tom Burke delivers a “fearlessly off-putting” performance as Anthony, a smooth-talking aesthete who isolates Julie from her family and friends as he spirals downward, said Dana Stevens in Slate.com. The Souvenir is no routine addiction drama, though. “It’s something much richer and stranger,” a semi-autobiographical tale filled with long, naturalistic scenes and “startling bursts of visual lyricism.” After watching Julie fight for her place in the world, I left the theater feeling vulnerable, “but also proud of the woman I’d seen grow,” said Anne Cohen in Refinery29.com. “I can’t wait for the sequel.”
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