The Souvenir: Part II
The Souvenir: Part II (2021)

In the aftermath of her tumultuous relationship with a charismatic and manipulative older man, Julie begins to untangle her fraught love for him in making her graduation film, sorting fact from his elaborately constructed fiction.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 29, 2021
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Drawing on another terrific performance from Honor Swinton Byrne, The Souvenir Part II continues its story with profound emotional complexity and elegant storytelling.

Chandler Levack
Globe and Mail

Hogg captures something I've felt acutely as a female filmmaker: a desperate need for everyone to like you, which eliminates any possibility of their respect.

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Lidija Haas
The New Republic

Joanna Hogg's film treat a young artist's coming of age with disarming seriousness.

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Patrick McDonald
WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)

Makes you think & indulges in the magic of cinema art. Joanna Hogg dances on the border between a making-of story and the film itself, and the line deliciously blurs. Stellar.

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Kathleen Sachs
Chicago Reader

Writer-director Joanna Hogg's artistic choices formulate something that isn't easily explained and is fathomable only in the viewing of it.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

Like the original, the sequel makes the most of the very real mother-daughter dynamic.

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Sean P. Means
The Movie Cricket

Hogg manages a thoughtful twofer: Examining Julie's processing of grief, and following the way an artist finds her voice.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

There's nothing actor-ish or mannered about Byrne. She doesn't even seem to be giving a performance, which underscores just how good a performance it actually is.

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Richard Whittaker
Austin Chronicle

It's less immediate than the first film, less cumulatively dramatic, but it flourishes in its complexity, in its depiction of the whole of Julie as she tries to focus her loss through her film school graduation project.

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Alan Zilberman
Washington City Paper

Admirable courage is not enough to work around a fundamental miscalculation: that Hogg thinks we will find her life as interesting as she does.

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