The Souvenir: Part II

The Souvenir: Part II

Spurred by circumstance, in which the local theater was planning to pull this film after a grand total of six days, I made the snap decision to watch this without revisiting the original, and I’m not fully sure how wise that choice was from the perspective of emotional payoff. The Souvenir Part 2 occupies an interesting space - as one of what I presume to be a scarce quantity of contemporary sequels to decidedly artistic independent films, it would presumably be dependent on one’s experiencing it’s predecessor - yet in its own way it often manages to work independently as its own experience, particularly due to its divi head first into exploring the artistic experience as a vehicle for emotional catharsis. The most climactic pieces of the film enter surrealistic territory which pays tribute to the film school student’s ability to communicate ideas with lean budgets yet satisfy the buildup of roughly three and half hours of storytelling.

It’s hard to say whether I can recommend this in full to someone who hasn’t seen the first, but those who have acquainted themselves with its predecessor will be pleased in the different directions it takes.

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