British director Joanna Hogg is back with the sequel to The Souvenir (2019), in which she had masterfully told the story of an unfortunate first love. The Souvenir: Part 2 explores the process of grief after the loss of first love, focusing on young film student Julie and her filmmaking journey. Tilda Swinton, who plays the role of the mother in both films alongside her real-life daughter Honor Swinton Byrne, is one of the living witnesses of the real-life story that carries traces of Hogg's life in London in the 1980s. The director naively looks back at her own youth 30 years later and demonstrates how being able to live with grief is a necessarily acquired skill for adult life. Having its world premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, The Souvenir: Part 2 manages to keep the story it revisits fresh and interesting.

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