Sunday 22 September 2019

The Souvenir review: 'A sly delight, and Tom Burke is a wonderfully odious villain'

4 stars

The Souvenir
The Souvenir
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

Cool, detached, wryly observant, Joanna Hogg’s Souvenir is a beautiful study in a minor key of the vagaries of the English upper classes.

It’s the early 80s, rendered by bad haircuts, bland decor, teasing snatches of Robert Wyatt, John Cooper Clarke, and Honor Swinton Byrne (daughter of Tilda, who makes a frosty appearance) is Julie, a young, posh, film-maker with a kind heart.

At a London party she meets Anthony (Tom Burke), a suave minor civil servant to whom she takes a shine. He turns out to be a supercilious nit-picker who inveigles his way into her life, and expertly sows self-doubt.

The Souvenir is a sly delight, and Tom Burke is a wonderfully odious villain.

(15A, 120mins)

Irish Independent

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