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Aftersun (2022)

A daughter tries to understand her troubled father in Charlotte Wells' heart-wrenching debut feature

Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

9.0

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Turkey, United Kingdom
English, Turkish
Character-driven, Dark, Depressing
2022
Charlotte Wells, Female director
Celia Rowlson-Hall, Frankie Corio, Paul Mescal
102 min

Synopsis

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Sophie reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father twenty years earlier. Memories real and imagined fill the gaps between miniDV footage as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn't.

Our Take

9.0
The Staff

In Aftersun, Sophie recalls a holiday she took as an eleven-year-old in the ‘90s with her father. Video recordings help jog her memory, but she’s looking for more than just a blast from the past. Rather, she seems to be seeking answers to fill in the gaps between who she knew as her father and who he really was: an immensely nice but deeply troubled man.

At first, Aftersun looks like a simple but beautiful story about father and daughter bonding over the course of a summer trip. But within minutes, it’s clear that there are layers to Aftersun, emotionally and editorially, that aren’t always explained but nonetheless enrich the movie with profound meaning. Stirring, complex, and surprisingly inventive, it’s not surprising that Aftersun is one of the most beloved films of the past year. 

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