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The Souvenir is a 2019 American-British drama film, written and directed by Joanna Hogg. It stars Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, and Tilda Swinton.

The Souvenir
The Souvenir (2019 poster).png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoanna Hogg
Produced by
  • Joanna Hogg
  • Luke Schiller
Written byJoanna Hogg
CinematographyDavid Raedeker
Edited byHelle Le Fevre
Distributed by
Release date
  • January 27, 2019 (2019-01-27) (Sundance)
  • May 17, 2019 (2019-05-17) (United States)
  • August 30, 2019 (2019-08-30) (United Kingdom)
Running time
119 minutes[1]
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Box office$1 million[2][3]

It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2019. It was released in the United States on May 17, 2019, by A24, and in the United Kingdom on August 30, 2019, by Curzon Artificial Eye.



Julie, a young woman attending film school, wants to make a movie about a boy, his mother, and the dying town they live in. She lives in a flat with another student and his girlfriend. She meets Anthony, a well-to-do-man who works at the Foreign Office, who moves in with her after her roommate moves out. He leaves a postcard with a picture of the girl in "The Souvenir". He later takes her to the gallery where the painting is hung. Julie says the girl looks sad, while Anthony says she looks determined.

They visit his parents at home, while Julie's mother, Rosalind, puts them in separate bedrooms. Anthony has to travel to Paris, but returns with some lingerie, which he asks Julie to put on. While they are in bed, she notices some needle marks on his arm, but doesn't know what they are, and he continues to ask Julie for money regularly. Julie starts to pay for their restaurant bills and is forced to borrow money from her parents.

Julie and Anthony take a vacation to Venice. Anthony explains that he has had relationships with three other girls, including trips to Venice with at least one of them, who appears to have committed suicide while on the trip. Julie starts noticing when Anthony is on heroin, and she attends a self-help group.

One evening, she returns, and finds her apartment has been broken into, and her valuable jewelry is missing. Anthony later admits to doing it, but didn't want to tell her to keep her from feeling bad. She returns home one evening, and finds a strange man in her apartment. She throws him out, and Anthony moves out too.

They meet again, and Anthony is clean. Julie invites him back in with her, but he soon starts using again. Anthony goes missing, but is later found, having overdosed in a public toilet, dead.



The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2019.[4] Prior to, A24 and Curzon Artificial Eye acquired U.S. and U.K. distribution rights to the film, respectively.[5][6] It was released in the United States on May 17, 2019,[7] and in the United Kingdom on August 30, 2019.[8]

Critical responseEdit

The film received critical acclaim upon its premiere. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 90%, based on 104 reviews, with an average rating of 8.02/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Made by a filmmaker in command of her craft and a star perfectly matched with the material, The Souvenir is a uniquely impactful coming of age drama."[9] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 95 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[10]

Guy Lodge of Variety wrote: "Achingly well-observed in its study of a young artist inspired, derailed and finally strengthened by a toxic relationship, it is at once the coming-of-age story of many women and a specific creative manifesto for one of modern British cinema’s most singular writer-directors."[11]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Sundance Film Festival 2 February 2019 World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Joanna Hogg Won [12]


In May 2017, it was announced a sequel, The Souvenir Part II, would be produced with Swinton Byrne, Swinton, Ayoade and Labed reprising their roles, with Robert Pattinson joining the cast,[13] although he later dropped out.[14] A24 will distribute.[15] Principal photography began in June 2019.[16][17]

The end credits of the film announce "The Souvenir Part II coming soon."


  1. ^ "The Souvenir". Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Souvenir". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  3. ^ "The Souvenir". The Numbers. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  4. ^ Debruge, Peter (November 28, 2018). "Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2019 Features Lineup". Variety. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  5. ^ Hipes, Patrick (December 3, 2018). "A24 Acquires Joanna Hogg's Sundance-Bound 'The Souvenir'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  6. ^ Grater, Tom (January 31, 2019). "Joanna Hogg's 'The Souvenir' secures UK and Ireland deal (exclusive)". Screen International. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Sharf, Zack (February 19, 2019). "The Souvenir' Trailer: Discover the Power of Joanna Hogg's Sundance Darling". IndieWire. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  8. ^ "The Souvenir". Curzon Artificial Eye. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  9. ^ "The Souvenir (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  10. ^ "The Souvenir Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
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  12. ^ Debruge, Peter (February 2, 2019). "Sundance Winners: 'Clemency,' 'One Child Nation' Take Top Honors". Variety. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  13. ^ Fond, Rebecca (May 20, 2017). "Cannes: Robert Pattinson to Star in Two-Part Film 'The Souvenir'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  14. ^ Erbland, Kate (June 11, 2019). "Robert Pattinson Drops Out of 'Souvenir' Sequel Due to Scheduling Conflicts — Exclusive". IndieWire. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  15. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (January 23, 2019). "A24 Lands NA Rights To 'The Souvenir' Sequel As First Film Is Poised For Sunday Sundance Premiere". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  16. ^ Erbland, Kate (May 17, 2019). "Joanna Hogg Teases 'The Souvenir 2,' Which Won't Be Ready for Sundance 2020". IndieWire. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  17. ^ Elliot, Rosanna (May 16, 2019). "Movie starring Robert Pattinson to film in Norfolk". Retrieved May 16, 2019.

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