The Souvenir Part II

In the first chapter of The Souvenir we saw Julie, a film student based on Hogg’s own early life, fall in love and start a complex relationship with an enigmatic older man. The second part begins where we left off, with Julie navigating and processing the effects of grief, whilst in the confusion of figuring out who her lover was. This new chapter, which also stands alone as a singular piece, is focused on her burgeoning career as a film-maker, closely observing the creative process and reliving the experience of the independent film scene in 1980s London. Pictured through Hogg’s intimate lens, with its power to capture the space between two people with such accuracy and tenderness, the autobiographical material is made all the richer. With an excellent cast, The Souvenir Part II is a quietly delicious film from one of the country’s finest directors.