MOVIE OF THE WEEK January 6, 2023: AFTERSUN

A woman’s sun-drenched recollections of a childhood holiday with her troubled father become poignant and melancholy as she revisits them two decades later in Scottish writer/director Charlotte Wells’ impressive feature debut Aftersun. Boasting excellent, authentic performances from stars Paul Mescal and young newcomer Frankie Corio, the film builds viewers’ empathy as it explores the nature of memory and the main characters’ loving but bumpy father-daughter relationship.

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AFTERSUN – Review by Martha K Baker

Aftersun is definitely a film to be seen in the cradle of a theater — without distractions and with Marshall McLuhan’s understanding of movie-going. The intimacy engendered by a theater supports the intimacy of Charlotte Wells’ work, of her theme, of her camera. Aftersun modeling the French approach to domestic dailyness, requires allowance for full appreciation.

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AFTERSUN – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

When do you see your parents as relatable people? When you’re a parent yourself, or just mature enough to take in their troubles and insecurities? Aftersun, the powerful feature debut from writer-director Charlotte Wells, stirs these thoughts in a way that’s tender, honest, and subtly devastating. It’s a heartfelt, affecting portrait of a father-daughter relationship that lingers in the mind afterward.

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