The stunning debut from Scottish writer-director Charlotte Wells, Aftersun juxtaposes a hopeful coming-of-age story with a poignant, intimate family portrait that leaves an indelible impression.
At a fading vacation resort in the late 1990s, 11-year-old Sophie (Frankie Corio) treasures rare time together with her loving and idealistic father, Calum (Paul Mescal, Normal People). As a world of adolescence creeps into view, beyond her eye Calum struggles under the weight of life outside of fatherhood.
Twenty years later, Sophie’s tender recollections of their last holiday become a powerful and heartrending portrait of their relationship, as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t, in Charlotte Wells’ superb and searingly emotional debut film.
Paul Mescal has been nominated for an Oscar (Best Actor) for his leading performance in Aftersun.
The film was also the Winner of the French Touch Jury Prize at the Cannes 2022 Critics’ Week and the Grand Prize at the Deauville American Film Festival.
“Charlotte Wells’s debut feature is a stylistically daring, emotionally piercing and beautifully understated tale”
The Guardian ★★★★★
“An astounding first feature that captures Paul Mescal at his most heart-wrenching”
The Independent ★★★★★
“The Normal People star reaches new heights in this stunning debut by Charlotte Wells”
The Evening Standard ★★★★★