The Souvenir: Part II

The Souvenir: Part II ★★★★½

Behold this portrait of a portrait. Form and structure blended together like coloured paints on a palette forming newer nuanced shades of elements once separate and stark. Film makes firm that which the passage of time made amorphous, yet memory crystallises through that kaleidoscope of rose-tinted memories and half-forgotten agonies. The ending has blurred into the beginning. Art imitating life ad infinitum. What arose from painful naivety then informs the very vision which delivered our pain, which in turn is the author’s. It all begins to fold in on itself like some impossible paradox. We find ourselves upon the brink of an embryonic past and a resolute present. We begin walking through time in both directions at once. The reconciliation of history with memory, essence with echos, and reel with reality is an inexplicable triumph.

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