11-year-old Sophie and her father Calum travel to a holiday resort in Turkey for a relaxing sunshine break. As they lounge by the pool and explore the tourist sights, they record their trip on a camcorder. Twenty years later, an adult Sophie looks back on the holiday and her relationship with her father – both the fond memories and the things that have been lost forever.
The extraordinary debut feature from Scottish writer/director Charlotte Wells is an achingly tender portrait of a father-daughter relationship. Driven by magnificent performances from young Frankie Corio and Ireland’s own Paul Mescal, Aftersun dives deep and unearths the unspoken emotional truths that exceedingly few films manage to capture.
Festivals & awards:
Cannes Film Festival 2022 – French Touch Prize of the Jury
British Independent Film Awards 22 – 16 nominations
With remarkable confidence, [Wells] just lets her movie unspool naturally, like a haunting and deceptively simple short story. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Guardian