The Souvenir: Part II

The Souvenir: Part II ★★★★½

unspeakably beautiful, a reflection on the process of creation and re-creation, of passion and love and grief. of life as only julie's camera can see it, unsure and hesitant, searching for a language that doesn't exist or does only for her, and for her way of seeing. it's in that gap that joanna hogg seems to touch the abstract with concrete detail, modelling a profound connection to the ways in which we remember the past. this is captured best in the sequences where julie struggles to express her vision to her film crew, slipping back and forth between herself as director and herself as character, animating her memory as though it could ever be one available to anybody but herself, if only they could just look closer.

together, both parts of the souvenir form something remarkable, an extended mediation on the ways in which we shape our understanding of the world that will be remembered for a long time to come.

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