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Preceded by the short film, Love On the Line.

The inimitable Isabelle Huppert stars in in this touching and endearing musical romance about a middle-aged factory worker whose long-ago brush with fame is reignited by an unexpected relationship with a younger man. An unassuming model employee in a pâté factory, Liliane’s (Huppert) monotonous routine is thrown into disarray when one day at work she meets the handsome 22-year-old aspiring boxer Jean (Kévin Azaïs), who excitedly recognizes her from a European singing competition she almost won many years before.
Jean’s enthusiasm encourages Liliane to rediscover her talents and glory, bringing her out of the shadows and back into the spotlight. However, as Liliane’s celebrity rises, Jean begins to learn the reasons that her past fame was so short-lived as old ghosts and bad habits from her bitter past resurface. Flawlessly handling her own singing, Huppert’s complex performance is peppered with humor as she delicately essays a woman hiding an inner struggle. Sweet, simple and full of life, Souvenir is an uplifting story that proves it’s never too late to find happiness. (Dir. by Bavo Defurne, 2016, Belgium/Luxembourg/France, in French with English subtitles, 90 mins., Not Rated)

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