The Souvenir: Part II

The Souvenir: Part II ★★

Not going to lie: this film was boring and it had a grainy, washed out look. Honor Swinton Byrne plays Julie, a version of Joanna Hogg, the writer/director of this film. Byrne looks a lot like Keira Knightley and a little like Adèle Haenel in profile. Byrne is the real life daughter of Tilda Swinton, who plays Rosalind, Julie's mother in the film. And if Tilda Swinton really makes pottery, I'd like to buy a piece.

Julie is trying to come to terms with Anthony, a friend who died of a heroin overdose, and so her film is about that. Julie is criticized for her unprofessional script that has little bows instead of brads and no scene headings. She also refuses to cast a hot girl (Alice McMillan). The scene they're filming with the couple in bed looks like it's an homage to Scenes from a Marriage (people, Ingmar Bergman has been copied to death!!!!!!!).

Martin Scorsese is the executive producer, and yes, there is a reference to him in the film. I liked "Caprice", Joanna Hogg's real thesis film much more. While the feature film/sequel has been garnering good reviews at film festivals, there was only one other audience member when I saw it in New York City. That was sad, because New York is a place where you'd expect people to soak up all the A24 films. I did watch it, but I was regretful, because I didn't feel like I gained anything from it.

Vegan alert:
-Snakeskin jacket
-Silk shirts
-Regular fur coat and pink fur coat

Vegan points:
Rosalind loves her dogs.

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