Aftersun ★★★★½

One of this year’s hidden gems to come out of the United Kingdom, Charlotte Wells’ debut ‘Aftersun’ is a reflective yearn for the what if, surrounding the relationship between a young dad and his daughter during a holiday in Turkey. My rewatch answered questions and revealed new layers of ‘Aftersun’s narrative scope and the film’s effective manipulation of temporality. Wells’ assurance of the story and direction shows brilliantly, through theme and craft. Like the film’s Mini DV tape, ‘Aftersun’ is meant to be revisited, so new understandings of the narrative and characters can be formed and revealed. 

Rewatched at Curzon Soho, London

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