If ever there was a film that could leave tan lines on your heart, it's Aftersun - an eleventh-hour arrival on the 2022 must-see list. It announces Scottish writer-director Charlotte Wells as a force to be reckoned with, puts another rocket under Paul Mescal's stock, and has an astonishing performance from youngster Frankie Corio. What a partnership!
Go in knowing the bare minimum: father and daughter Calum and Sophie go on a package holiday to Turkey. What follows is charming, mysterious, poignant and so convincing that the pair's camcorder footage feels like it belongs to a real family. With every dawn and dusk, you'll have more questions.
This is the film to go to if the craving is for something different. There are no scenes of huge drama and Wells is in no rush to reach the last day, but Aftersun excels at capturing the little moments that come to mean so much when we look back on our lives. It also makes us appreciate them even more.
Memories are made of this.
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