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.
‘Wells’s debut feature is a stylistically daring, emotionally piercing and beautifully understated tale of love and loss… Appropriately for a work that is clearly profoundly personal, Wells says the roots of “Aftersun” lay in flipping through holiday albums of herself as a child and being struck by how young her father looked. Later, she came across a photo in which she was sitting by a pool in Spain, with “a very beautiful woman right behind me… and it made me wonder who the real subject of the picture was”. That sense of mystery runs throughout this mesmerising feature, which, despite being set largely in the past, nonetheless feels peculiarly present.’—Mark Kermode, The Observer
'Aftersun' review: This is the best film of the year by a first time writer-director
\"Aftersun\" debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and left a lasting impression.