Director: Charlotte Wells Run Time: 101 min. Release Year: 2022
Starring: Ayse Parlak, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Francesca Corio, Paul Mescal, Sally Messham
At a fading vacation resort, 11-year-old Sophie treasures rare time together with her loving and idealistic father, Calum (Paul Mescal). As a world of adolescence creeps into view, beyond her eye Calum struggles under the weight of life outside of fatherhood. Twenty years later, Sophie’s tender recollections of their last holiday become a powerful and heartrending portrait of their relationship, as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t, in Charlotte Wells’ superb and searingly emotional debut film.
Charlotte Wells is a Scottish filmmaker based in New York. She is a graduate of the MBA/MFA dual-degree program at NYU where she wrote and directed three short films and produced many more Charlotte was a Fellow at the 2020 Sundance Institute Screenwriters and Directors Labs with her first feature Aftersun which premiered in Semaine de la Critique at Cannes in 2022.
“Every moment, every snippet of dialogue, every detail down to the smallest role or the tiniest detail in the background feels like a vibrant slice of real life.” ~ Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times
“Charlotte Wells’ promising debut feature plays with memory as a tool and lets its story unfold in dream-like waves.” ~ Adam Graham, Detroit News