Souvenir (2016)


Souvenir (2016)

Because of the stupid life in a pâté-factory, former singer Laura falls in love with a colleague, a much younger boy and boxer, and after a small performance, a reenactment of her singing character, she tries to reenter the national song contest.
IMDb   6 /10
Metacritic   49 %
TheMovieDb    6.0 /10
FilmAffinity   5.9 /10
Director Bavo Defurne
Writer Bavo Defurne
Writer Jacques Boon
Writer Yves Verbraeken
Release Date2016-12-20
Runtime1h 30min
GenreDrama, Music, Romance
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
AwardsAwards4 nominations
CompanyBonjour Pictures, Deal Productions, Frakas Productions
CountryBelgium, Luxembourg, France
Liliane Cheverny, dite Lauraas Liliane Cheverny, dite Laura
Jean Leloupas Jean Leloup
Tony Jonesas Tony Jones
Wendyas Wendy
Fanny Blanchard
Fanny Blanchard
La jeune ouvrièreas La jeune ouvrière
Kennethas Kenneth
Anne Brionne
Anne Brionne
Martine Leloupas Martine Leloup
Zoltanas Zoltan
Christiane Dargenton
Christiane Dargenton
Solange, l'ouvrière fanas Solange, l'ouvrière fan
Joël Delsaut
Joël Delsaut
Le chefas Le chef
Thorunn Egilsdóttir
Thorunn Egilsdóttir
La présentatriceas La présentatrice
Rudi Rivaas Rudi Riva
Eddy Leloupas Eddy Leloup
L'ambulancieras L'ambulancier
Liliane jeuneas Liliane jeune
Denis Jousselin
Denis Jousselin
Raymondas Raymond
Stefan Kampeneers
Stefan Kampeneers
Vitali Kornevas Vitali Kornev
L'ouvrière sourianteas L'ouvrière souriante

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.


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


  • Isabelle Huppert as Liliane.
  • Alice D'Hauwe as Young Liliane.
  • Kévin Azaïs as Jean.
  • Johan Leysen as Tony.
  • Carlo Ferrante as Rudi Riva.


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. Metacritic gave the film a score of 49 out of 100 based on 10 critical reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".


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

Bavo Defurne was nominated for the Ensor (award), 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.