The Souvenir

New York Times Critics' Pick
120 mins.
Directed by Joanna Hogg
R
2019

Julie, a shy but ambitious film student (Honor Swinton Byrne), begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Tom Burke). She defies her protective mother (Tilda Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship that comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.

From acclaimed writer-director Joanna Hogg comes an enigmatic and personal portrait of the artist as a young woman, combining passionate emotions and exquisite aesthetics into a lush, dreamlike story of young adulthood and first love.

At once enrapturing and mysteriously unsettling—and featuring a profoundly layered breakout performance by Honor Swinton Byrne—THE SOUVENIR is an essential and enduring film from one of our most distinctive and exciting filmmakers.


"THE SOUVENIR is one of my favorite movies of the year so far... Byrne is a revelation, and Julie is an embodiment of the awkwardness and heedless grace of young adulthood almost without precedent in the movies. Byrne is, of course, the child of one of the greatest actresses alive, but her own talent is of an entirely different order." A.O. Scott. A New York Times Critic's Pick!