The Souvenir Is a Masterly Coming-of-Age Portrait

In Joanna Hogg’s new film, The Souvenir, 21-year-old protagonist Julie (played by Honor Swinton Byrne) lives in a bubble. She strains against this fact, telling her film-school professors and interesting people she meets at parties that she wants to venture beyond her sphere, to capture real life on her camera, to document the economic hardships gripping 1980s Britain. But Hogg, who’s telling the autobiographical story of her own experiences as a young woman, takes pains to show how...

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