arch dramatist Joanna Hogg returns home for her most personal film yet

Dir: Joanna Hogg; Starring: Honor Swinton-Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade. Cert 15, 119 mins.

The girl in the frame has a name, and it is Julie. The central figure in Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s 1778 painting The Souvenir is scratching her lover’s initials on the trunk of a tree, rapt in romance, while her spaniel looks up quizzically, and a billet-doux lies on the grass by her feet.

This tiny canvas, no bigger than a photo frame, catches the eye of another young woman as she walks through the Wallace Collection in Joanna Hogg’s mysterious, seductive, thrillingly controlled new film. Her name is also Julie, and infatuation is closing in on her fast.

Played by Honor Swinton-Byrne,…

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