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Aftersun (2022)

Directed by:
Charlotte Wells
COUNTRY
UK/USA

GENRE
Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Aftersun

RUNNING TIME
101 minutes

Produced by:
Adele Romanski
Amy Jackson
Barry Jenkins
Mark Ceryak
Written by:
Charlotte Wells


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Calum Paul Mescal
Sophie Frankie Corio
Adult Sophie Celia Rowlson-Hall -
Belinda

Sally Messham

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Michael Brooklyn Toulson -

 

Review

An artistically ambitious and in many ways consummate film from Scottish first-time director Charlotte Wells. A clearly personal story about an 11-year-old girl's final childhood summer holiday with her father in the late 1990s, Aftersun is an understated, connotative piece revolving around one of the most basic of human relations the one between father and daughter and how subtly impactful it can be. Wells' most impressive achievement with Aftersun is how every seemingly trivial occurrence and scene simmers with energy and an unexpressed foreboding which we slowly try to decipher together with the reminiscing filmmaker. Memory is fleeting and the human psyche can be a mystery to bystanders, even those who stand quite close, is Wells' message to us and herself here. The film has a clearly self-therapeutic origin which hopefully will be translatable in some sense or the other. There are fine performances from Paul Mescal as the father and the very talented Frankie Corio as the daughter.

Copyright 16.03.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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