The Guardian's Best Films of 2019 - no.5
'The Souvenir' is the compelling, semi-autobiographical drama by award-winning director-writer Joanna Hogg ('Unrelated', 'Archipelago', 'Exhibition').
A young, quietly ambitious film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) embarks on her first serious love affair with a charismatic and mysterious man (Tom Burke). She tries to disentangle fact from fiction as she surrenders to the relationship, which comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.
★★★★ "Honor Swinton Byrne is extraordinary in her first feature role." - Terri White, Empire
★★★★★ "The kind of film you don't want to end." - Philip Concannon, The Skinny
★★★★★ "Beautifully crafted and heartbreakingly performed" - Joshua Rothkopf, Film of the Week, Time Out
★★★★★ "The director confirms her status as a modern visionary with a deft, distinctive and deeply personal story of young love." - Peter Bradshaw's Film Of The Week, The Guardian