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The best films in August and September 2019—The Souvenir and Aniara

Plus Hail Satan?

Emelie Jonsson in Aniara

Emelie Jonsson in Aniara

 

The Souvenir, released on 30th August

British director Joanna Hogg mines her own life for inspiration in this movie based on her early life as a shy film student. Honor Swinton Byrne (daughter of Tilda, who plays her mother) is suitably brittle and gauche as Julie, Hogg’s alter-ego. Tom Burke delivers one of the performances of the year as her charming, manipulative older boyfriend. Their relationship is as horribly compelling as a car crash. Hogg’s filmmaking, at first glance as demure as…

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