Aftersun

Drama Rated: R 96 min

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Thursday, December 8
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Can we ever truly know a parent, especially those taken from us at too young an age? Aftersun, the startling debut film from Scottish filmmaker Charlotte Wells, tackles this ineffable question through the recombinant nature of memory, loss and identity across time. When a young woman looks back on a magical last childhood trip to Turkey with her young father, recorded and imagined memories crash headlong into the present, fusing and fracturing how she remembers him, and herself. Wells sifts for clues from all angles, relying less on plot than on an emotional register that feels achingly real. Normal People’s Paul Mescal is mesmerizing as the loving, devoted father who valiantly keeps his melancholy simmering just beneath the surface in a place his daughter (Frankie Corio and Celia Rowlson-Hall) isn’t sure she will ever understand.  A New York Times “Critic’s Pick”  and surprise festival hit, including at FilmColumbia, Aftersun is already drawing comparisons to the way Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight gathered momentum into awards season after its successful festival run. Jenkins is also a producer of this film.

“Capturing the thick, complex reality of their bond — registering its quick, microscopic fluctuations and tracking its slow tectonic shifts — is Wells’s great achievement. And Mescal and Corio’s as well. They are so natural, so light and grave and particular, that they don’t seem to be acting at all.” — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
directed by
Charlotte Wells
written by
Charlotte Wells
with
Paul Mescal, Frankie Corio, Celia Rowlson-Hall
country
United Kingdom, United States