Souvenir (2016 film)

Souvenir is a 2016 romance film directed and co-written by Bavo Defurne. It stars Isabelle Huppert, Kévin Azaïs, and Johan Leysen.[1][2][3]

Film poster
Directed byBavo Defurne
Written byBavo Defurne
Yves Verbraeken
Jacques Boon
Produced byYves Verbraeken, Caroline Bonmarchand
StarringIsabelle Huppert
Kévin Azaïs
Johan Leysen
CinematographyPhilippe Guilbert
Edited bySophie Vercruysse
Music byPink Martini
Bonjour Pictures
Avenue B Productions
Frakas Productions
Deal Production
Distributed byARP Distribution (France)
Strand Releasing(USA)
Pathé International (World)
Release date
  • 24 August 2016 (2016-08-24) (Angoulême)
  • 21 December 2016 (2016-12-21) (France)
Running time
90 minutes


A forgotten singer, who once participated in Eurovision, meets a young boxer who will try to convince her to make a comeback.



Critical reception

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 46% based on 26 reviews, with an average rating of 5.4/10.[4] Metacritic gave the film a score of 49 out of 100 based on 10 critical reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[5]


With Souvenir Bavo Defurne won the VFF Highlight Pitch Award at the Berlinale Co-Production Market in 2014.[6]

Bavo Defurne was nominated for the Ensor (award) [nl], the Flanders equivalent of the Oscars, for Best Direction for the film in 2017. Other nominations included Best Make-up, Best Art Direction and Best Actor for Kévin Azaïs. The film won the Ensor for Best Costume Design.[6]


  1. Tuffin, Stephen (26 July 2016). "Souvenir van Bavo Defurne naar Toronto". Vertigo. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  2. Pinto, Vitor (16 September 2015). "Isabelle Huppert to star in Bavo Defurne's Souvenir". Cineuropa. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  3. "Souvenir". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  4. "Souvenir (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  5. "Souvenir Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  6. "Souvenir (2016): Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 19 April 2018.