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  • Writer's pictureShantanu Rastogi

Aftersun (2022)

Finally watched Aftersun after being on my MUBI watchlist for quite a while, and I have to say, it’s one of those movies that quietly sneaks up on you and leaves a lasting impression. Directed by Charlotte Wells, it’s her debut feature, and wow, did she nail it!


The film is about an 11-year-old girl named Sophie (played by Frankie Corio) and her dad, Calum (Paul Mescal), during their vacation in Turkey. The whole story feels like a mix of home videos and real-time experiences, which makes it super relatable and authentic. What really got me was how it captures those small, everyday moments that end up meaning so much.

 

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Frankie Corio is amazing as Sophie. She perfectly portrays the innocence and curiosity of being a kid. And Paul Mescal as Calum? He’s brilliant. He brings this quiet, yet troubled vibe to the character that just feels so real. The chemistry between them is incredible, and you really believe in their father-daughter bond.


The movie jumps back and forth in time, with scenes of adult Sophie (Celia Rowlson-Hall) looking back on the holiday. This structure adds a lot of depth, showing how memories can be both beautiful and painful. It’s like watching Sophie try to piece together and understand her dad’s struggles from a distance.


Visually, Aftersun is stunning. Gregory Oke’s cinematography makes you feel like you’re right there, soaking up the sun. The score by Oliver Coates is subtle but perfect, adding to the film’s emotional pull without being overpowering. And the editing is just right, giving the movie a dreamy, nostalgic feel.

 

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What I love most about this film is its simplicity and restraint. Wells doesn’t hit you over the head with drama. Instead, she lets the story unfold naturally through small, intimate moments. Aftersun really stayed with me. It’s a touching look at love, loss, and how we hold onto memories. Charlotte Wells did an incredible job with this film, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.


TSHC Score: 9/10

Aftersun is beautifully directed, wonderfully acted, and deeply moving. If you’re in the mood for a film that feels like a warm, nostalgic hug, this one’s for you.

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