The Souvenir (2019)
First screened in May 2019
Director: Joanna Hogg. Cast: Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton, James Spencer Ashworth, Richard Ayoade, Dick Fontaine, Steve Gough, Crispin Buxton, Jaygann Ayeh, Lydia Fox, Jack McMullen, Tosin Cole, Barbara Peirson, James Dodds. Screenplay: Joanna Hogg. Twitter Capsule:
I totally grant its subtlety, its sophistication, its bold sense of formthere's so much to admire, yet I didn't like it.
That isn't necessarily a knock on the movie, which merits admiration. But I felt like a non-drinker asked to savor the notes in a fine wine.
Hogg's rigor with montage and images and her refusal to repeat herself from film to film make her an artist to watch. Story itself is less fresh.