‘Aftersun’ Radiates with Memory and Melancholy

“Life, this sonically rich film suggests, is very much about what we hear, but not necessarily about what we say.”


Aftersun, Scottish writer-director Charlotte Wells’ exquisite debut film, has a sneakily complex time structure that may continue to arrange itself in moviegoers’ minds after the film ends, like a personal memory that won’t quite settle into place,” writes film critic Chuck Wilson. That means, however, that the viewer will need some patience as the story of a father and daughter spending a summer vacation together in a cheap beachside hotel in Turkey takes its time to unfold. It’s worth the wait, however, as Wilson notes that “Wells and her gifted collaborators, among them cinematographer Gregory Oke, sound designer Mehmet Askoy, and editor Blair McClendon, mine narrative value from unexpected places.”

Click here to read Wilson’s full review and to check out the trailer. —VV editors


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