The Souvenir

The Souvenir ★★★★

8/10
My second watch
Only remembered vague impressions of my first viewing, which resulted in a vague positive response, so it was good to revisit. This would feel quite disjointed in the hands of lesser filmmakers and performers, and it still feels loose and subdued in a way that makes the experience difficult to pin down and define, but the final product is nothing if not captivating. Awkward charm, quiet melancholy, and classical beauty each find a place here, not to mention the interesting portrayals of artistic intention, relationships, and how they inform one another. And goddamn, what an ending. Just an interesting movie all around, and seeing it again makes me all the more excited for the sequel.

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