At Cannes, Joanna Hogg’s ‘The Souvenir Part II’ stands out

CANNES, France (AP) — Joanna Hogg is sitting on a hotel balcony overlooking the Mediterranean, but what she’d really like to be doing is swimming in it.

The night before, Hogg premiered her film “The Souvenir Part II” at the Cannes Film Festival. Sequels may be a regular part of summer, but they rarely make it to Cannes. Yet “The Souvenir” is no usual two-parter.

Together, the movies are a sublime, singular work of semi-autobiography — a coming-of-age self-portrait reflected through time . . .

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