Sophie reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father twenty years earlier. Memories real and imagined fill the gaps between them as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t.
Rating:R (Some Language|Brief Sexual Material)
Original Language:English (United Kingdom)
Release Date (Theaters):Oct 21, 2022 Limited
Release Date (Streaming):Dec 20, 2022
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Oof, this movie hurt.
“Aftersun” is a slow build to a climax that left me openly weeping, to the point that I had to sit in the theater for a bit after the end credits were over just to compose myself.
It doesn’t even seem to be about very much for a while, just a melancholy story about a dad and his pre-teen daughter trying to enjoy a vacation at a run-down resort. But man, that ending comes along and wallops you, and you realize all at once that the movie is about so much, and that it’s been gradually revealing its layers to you all along.
I seriously can’t even think about this movie without tearing up. I think about that ending, about how the dad just wants to give his daughter a fun vacation while sinking into a black hole of depression, and the daughter, too young to fully understand the depths of her dad’s despair wanting as an adult to go back in time and help him, and I want to bawl.
Easily one of the best movies I saw this year. If movie awards were to be taken at all seriously, this film would be nominated all over the place.
You have a video of a holiday in the past, when you were young, before life’s burdens had amassed, with a father you adore, likes to take to the dancefloor, though he’s generally withdrawn and quite downcast. A reflection of a time when eyes were new,
the interpretation was a seed, as yet to grow, but when you look back now, it’s a different world somehow, revealing spaces not yet entered, or sought to go.
It’s a slow meander, beautifully filmed, with two incredible performances, although those two highlights alone don’t create a piece that takes your breath away as much as you might like, until you sit down to reflect, and absorb what you’ve seen through your own eyes.