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Joanna Hogg’s fourth movie ends with a glance to camera that comes like a gut punch. Hogg’s work has probed bourgeois lives with memorable clench and squirm, but this feels like so much more. The story of a young film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) falling in love with a mysterious older man (Tom Burke), The Souvenir has wide emotional appeal; its situations unposed and dialogue often improvised. Hogg frames and paces it to create one of the year’s outstanding film experiences.
“Feels like the only film in the world or the only one that matters.” ***** - Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
“As rousing and exhilarating as anything you’ll see in a Hollywood blockbuster or high-level horror.” - Kevin Maher, The Times
“Hogg’s best film yet is an instant British classic.” - Jamie Graham, Total Film