The Souvenir

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A shy but ambitious film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Tom Burke). She defies her protective mother (Tilda Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship that comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.


  • Neil Young
  • Tosin Cole
  • Jack McMullen
  • Frankie Wilson
  • Honor Swinton Byrne
  • Hannah Ashby Ward
  • Janet Etuk
  • Chyna Terrelonge-Vaughan
  • Tom Burke
  • Tilda Swinton

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  • Principal photography took place in August 2017 in Norfolk, England.
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    • Anthony: We don't know what the inner machinations of their mind are, or their heart. We don't know. But that's what we want to know when we go and see a film. We don't wanna just see life played out as is. We wanna see life as it is experienced, within this soft machine, within this...
    • Julie: But the life of Tony and his mother, they're the lives of real people. I'm not- I'm not making that up.
    • Anthony: Why are they more real than me?
    • Julie: They're not more real than you.
    • Anthony: Am I more real than you?
    • Julie: No. I think we're all equal in that. I think we're all as real as each other. There's no competition. It doesn't matter that they're not real people. i mean, I'm not trying to make a documentary. I'm just- you know, I'm making a feature film.
    • Anthony: Now, are you sure?
    • Julie: Yes, I am. I'm making a feature film.
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Verified Review

This was a boring pointless film that is probably the worst I’ve ever seen. It went nowhere and it was impossible to care what happened. We left after about an hour and weren’t the first to get out

George K
Verified Review

I wish I could give zero stars

Alexander C


May 16, 2019

Ambiguous, finely shaded autobiographical dramas like this one don’t generally form the cornerstone of an expanded universe. But Honor Swinton Byrne, making her feature film debut, has created a character who’s complex (and at times maddening) enough to deserve further exploration.

Metacritic review by Dana Stevens
Dana Stevens
Feb 2, 2019

This portrait of the artist as a young film-maker will certainly stand the test of time.

Fionnuala Halligan
Screen Daily
Feb 2, 2019

This is an illuminating (self-)portrait of a young artist as well as a mesmerizing chronicle of a consuming, destructive relationship that steadily inches its way under the viewer's skin.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter