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 as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn't.
Paul Mescal, Frankie Corio, Celia Rowlson-Hall
United Kingdom, United States
- "With remarkable confidence, [Wells] just lets her movie unspool naturally, like a haunting and deceptively simple short story. The details accumulate; the images reverberate; the unshowy gentleness of the central relationship inexorably deepens in importance."
- The Guardian
- "AFTERSUN flows like a fondly remembered memory that’s been replayed endlessly, as if trying to find an important detail that might explain what happened. The easy pace of Wells’s direction brings out the best in her central performers, and the chemistry between Mescal and Corio plays out effortlessly. The light moments between them are warm and the darker ones linger heavily"
- Time Out
- "That a director can summon such emotional maturity paired with grand narrative originality in her first outing, particularly working from a deeply personal standpoint, astounds. Wells, a forward-thinking artist, invites into a vortex of feelings and sensations that fully exploits the language of cinema for its gorgeously humanistic pursuit."
- "A film to be experienced — just go with it — the full impact of AFTERSUN comes as the credits start to roll, and the processing begins."
- San Francisco Chronicle
- "Wells’ debut is a frankly astonishing work which will leave a lasting impression."
- "AFTERSUN is a beautiful film, albeit one with too many endings, brimming with inner life and creativity, and worthy of comparison to Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher and other debuts of that ilk."
- The Film Stage
- "While attention, fairly, will go to the work’s visual and tonal acuity, Wells’ measured but relentless probing, her careful peeling away of the layers of this intimate piece, mark her out as one of the most promising new voices in British cinema in recent years."
- Screen Daily
- "The film has a beguiling looseness – it captures that familiar holiday feeling of good days and bad days, or moods turning for no particular reason, other than maybe spending a bit too long in each other’s company."
- The Telegraph
- Cannes Film Festival
- Deauville Film Festival
- Munich Film Festival
- Sarajevo Film Festival
- Toronto Int'l Film Festival
- Vancouver Int'l Film Festival
- Athens Int'l Film and Video Festival
- Edinburgh Int'l Film Festival
- Melbourne Int'l Film Festival
- New Zealand Int'l Film Festival
- Busan Int'l Film Festival
- Hamptons Int'l Film Festival
- Chicago Int'l Film Festival
- BFI London Film Festival
- New York Film Festival
- Heartland Film Festival
- and more...