CityGirl’s review published on Letterboxd:
Somewhere meets Morvern Callar. Lynne Ramsay & Claire Denis' influence is very apparent, but at the same, Charlotte Wells comes on her own and possesses such skill that's even hard to believe that this is a film by a newcomer. Great films question you and get stuck in your consciousness. Aftersun isn't the exception to that.
What Wells presents, it's an intimate, fragmented puzzle of memories. The things, one quite doesn't fully grasp when they are a child until later it starts haunting you for the rest of your life. Is it intimacy, the connection, mystery, or that mature part of you, that realises the pain the close to you has been carrying on for ages but never revealed for your own good. There's gonna be many interpretations and so far, there aren't any wrong answers.
Paul Mescal & Frankie Corio's performance is some sort of naturalistic wonder that wouldn't work without each other's magic. Yeah, Mr. Sadboi is INDEED too young to be a father, but the apparent bond and chemistry sell this duo relationship and plays an unspoken part and its history of it.
Calum carries unspeakable inner agony in the way it becomes the main enigma of the film. And this agony is the mystery Sophie is already reminiscing, with the audience being already far behind, by being too late to realise what exactly is happening with Calum. Or more exactly, what happened.
I feel like, I'm still too puzzled to realise how it went to this conclusion. Though, that electric dance sequence to Under Pressure is for ages. I never thought it was possible for Under Pressure to make me cry, but here we are, lol. I haven't been so the awe of the nightclub dancing sequence since Morvern Callar's ending shot. Definitely rewatching this to unlock its haunting and daunting unspoken secrets.