The Souvenir: Part II


Drama / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86%
IMDb Rating 7.7 10 893

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Yasmin Paige as Patrick's Assistant
Amber Anderson as Jim's Girlfriend
Alice McMillan as Elisa
Lydia Fox as Lydia
984.71 MB
English 2.0
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1 hr 47 min
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Reviewed by ferguson-6 8 / 10

continued exceptional filmmaking

Greetings again from the darkness. We tend to think of 'coming-of-age' movies as centered on teenagers as they face the challenges of transitioning into adulthood. The reality is that folks come of age during different phases of life (and some seemingly never do). Filmmaker Joanna Hogg continues her autobiographical look back with the follow-up to her exceptional 2019 arthouse film. Is it a sequel? Technically, yes; but it's more of a continuation, and the two parts actually function best as a single 4-hour story.

Starting off shortly after the first movie ended, part two finds Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) in bed at her parents' house. They try to comfort her as she grieves the death of Anthony (played so well in the first by Tom Burke). For those who have not seen the 2019 film, I'll tread lightly as it should be seen prior to this one due to the continuing story line and numerous references. Despite her confusion and despondency, Julie heads back to film school. Using art to deal with her emotions, she starts all over with the script for her graduation film. The Film School committee of like-minded middle-aged men thrash her idea of dealing with her situation on film. Despite their harsh words, she persists.

For such a 'quiet' movie, it's astonishing how many things are going on in Ms. Hogg's film and in Julie's world. The jealousies of film school students are noted, as are the discrepancies between overly confident young filmmakers (a brilliant Richard Ayoade) and those still trying to find their voice (Julie). Ayoade's arrogant Patrick is recognizable to us as a big production filmmaker in the vein of many who have come before him. On the other hand, Julie stumbles over how best to convey the emotions for the actors in her film ... a film that is so personal she's dealing with memories even while setting up scenes.

Honor Swinton Byrne (Tilda Swinton's daughter) excels at relaying a certain sadness in Julie as she pushes onward. Anthony's ghost hovers everywhere for her. She bravely visits his parents. The confusion over Anthony's story, and her shock at not having recognized the signs, are exemplified as she presents the common façade of appearing OK while struggling inside. Julie's parents, played by (the always great) Tilda Swinton and James Spencer Ashworth walk on egg shells around her, while trying to offer support, despite their detachment - not just from the relationship, but from Julie's life in general (other than lending her money in times of need).

Supporting work comes from Charlie Heaton, Harris Dickinson, and Ariane Labed, as student actors. In Julie's film, Ms. Labed plays the role of Julie, which in reality, is the role of Ms. Hogg as a young aspiring filmmaker. Joe Alwyn has a terrific cameo as Julie's editor in one of the most awkward and tender scenes. Ms. Hogg did not film the two parts simultaneously, but her style is so unique (as an example, songs cut off abruptly mid-scene) that it's a challenge not to rave about the look and feel. Her talented collaborators include Film Editor Helle le Fevre, who serves up some creative transitions; Production Designer Stephane Collonge, whose sets are crucial in a film with minimal dialogue; and Cinematographer David Radeker whose lensing gives the film the perfect look for its time. Tilda Swinton stars in Ms. Hogg's upcoming film, THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER; however, we will have to be patient to see if Honor Swinton Byrne continues to pursue acting, a profession to which she seems destined.

In theaters beginning November 12, 2021.

Reviewed by morrison-dylan-fan 7 / 10

The second souvenir.

Looking for something to cheer myself up with while recovering from flu, I decided to take a look at the HOME Manchester cinema site. Seeing praise for the title during the awards season, I was thrilled to find out that HOME were in a few weeks to hold a Q&A screening with the writer/director, which led to me picking up a second souvenir.

View on the film:

Revealing during the excellent, in-depth Q&A after the screening that this, the first sequel from A24, was intended to be viewed as one piece with the earlier film, the screenplay by writer/director Joanna Hogg stays delicately balanced in reflecting the feelings of Julia, (played with a free spirited by Honor Swinton Byrne) via building on the first movie with the grief hanging over Julia from the death of her lover Anthony, while finding her own voice, (and that of the movie) in Julia's full embracing of the love of cinema at film school.

Stating during the Q&A that the title being separated into two allowed her to "Come up with lots of new ideas for the second part." director Hogg reunites with Swimming with Men (2018-also reviewed) cinematographer David Raedeker and wonderfully brings into focus the processing of grief Julia goes through in film, from the grainy 16 mm and 35 mm, to the clear, bright vision ahead in Digital and Hi-8.

Closing this second view into Julia's life with an excellent 4th wall breaking final shot, Hogg and Raedeker reel in a free-flowing atmosphere of fluid hand-held and dolly shots getting close-up to recording Julie's grief, as she picks up a second souvenir.

Reviewed by ethanbresnett 6 / 10

A slight improvement on Part I

If you didn't like Part I, you won't like Part II, as not much has changed. The film has a slightly more vibrant and upbeat tone, but the style and essence of the film is very similar.

If you loved Part I, you'll most likely love Part II, as it carries on the story right where we left off and completes the emotional arc of Julie.

Ultimately these films aren't quite my cup of tea, but they are watchable and do have some interesting moments.

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