The Souvenir

Movie review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Languid, lovely drama is best for patient adults.

R 2019 119 minutes

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Based on 3 reviews

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age 15+

A film that requires a lot of patience and introspection

This film is slow, feels meandering because we are so used to being led decisively through a film and offered little room for diversion. The film is layered in its critique of itself, of this relationship and of Julie. A brave film. A sad film where hindsight is obvious, but I absolutely believed that Julie could not see it. He is not amazing, but he is to her and her existence hinges on that he wants to spend time with her. Powerful, moving, quiet, and painful. A wonderful film.
age 16+

Self indulgent and unrelatable

This film was visually appealing and we appreciated the subtle portrayal of the time in which it was set. Tilda Swinton was a delight on the screen as always and her interaction with her daughter was engaging and endearing. Unfortunately, that’s about the full extent of positive feedback I can offer. The two main characters were barely likeable and even less relatable. They were both rather boring and their relationship left you feeling lack lustre and flat. The complexity of the heroin usage offered a small token of hope in making the film interesting but instead it continues in an equally flat and indulgent manner. I really wanted to like this one, but it fell rather flat and I’d never recommend it.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 17, 2019
  • On DVD or streaming: August 6, 2019
  • Cast: Tilda Swinton, Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke
  • Director: Joanna Hogg
  • Studio: A24
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 119 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: some sexuality, graphic nudity, drug material and language
  • Last updated: March 31, 2022

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