The Souvenir: Part II is the successor of The Souvenir, which was released on May 17, 2019. The second part of this narrative drama film which can also be categorized as semi-autobiographical, under the direction and penmanship of Joanna Hogg, is all set to release on January 21, 2022.
The movie will have Luke Schiller, Ed Guiney, Rose Garnett, Lizzie Francke, Emma Norton, Andrew Lowe, Martin Scorsese, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff as its producers working for Element Pictures, BBC Films, and Sikelia Productions, in their respective roles. A24 has been handed the rights to distribution as and on January 2019. The movie also faced some delay due to Robert Pattinson exiting from the crew due to a schedule clash with The Batman. The central part of the filming began on June 3, 2019, and the film shooting was concluded on July 2019.
The movie is expected to show the aftereffect of the lead protagonist Julie being involved with older men, who are indeed charismatic but manipulative. Julie takes steps to detangle her anxious love for the man and involves herself in making a graduation film and also in arranging facts from the elaborate and well-constructed fictional love that he has given her.
The movie will show different aspects of an artist’s life that move a scale upwards than the ordinary, a life of singularity mixed with fantasy and memories. There are a few additional characters who mostly participate in the re-creation of old memories or flashbacks involving Anthony, the disposed of the love interest of Julie, which motivates her to create a cinematic memorial of her love journey.
The second part of the 2019 film is mostly a journey in the subconscious mind of the film-maker and protagonist who experiences blurry visions from her past, which has been given an escape in the movie as a movie, creating a literary experience of a film-within-a-film. This seamless looking yet difficult transition was created by the skillful director Hogg, who successfully captured the mind of Julie for the audience.
In the role of Julie, we will see actor Honor Swinton Byrne. Actor Tilda Swinton was cast as Rosalind. We also have actor Richard Ayoade as Patrick. In other minor roles, we will have actor Richard Ayoade cast as Patrick. Actor Charlie Heaton is playing the role of Jim. Actor Harris Dickinson is cast as Pete, and we will also see Ariane Labed as Garance.
The film is yet to be released, but the snippets have already received positive responses from critics. The movie has bagged approval with a rate of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. The Guardian has very generously described the film as an amazing self-portrait of a young woman who happens to be the filmmaker, which is luminous and has given five stars to the film.
variety also lauded the film as a fantastic, dazzling yet fragile successor of the 2019 semi-autobiographical stunner, that is extremely relevant and up to date.