A personal story about a vacation by a father and his teenage daughter to Turkey. Wells builds a beautiful and at the same time shocking portrait of parenting using impressions and fleeting emotions. In a simple and authentic way, she talks about relationships, adolescence, but also about illness.
There’s always an undertow of melancholy even to the most idyllic of summer vacations. Every blissed-out day that passes is another closer to it ending, and the shadow of normal life resuming — with its work and school and domestic obligations, shelving the freer, looser personae we adopt away from home — hovers beside our pleasure like a glum weather forecast. That’s what makes them such a good subject for movies: They offer characters escape and adventure on a restlessly ticking clock. In “Aftersun,” for a depressive young dad at a Turkish resort with his pre-teen daughter, the pressure to maximize that time out of reality only draws the reality nearer; Charlotte Wells’ sensuous, sharply moving debut shows that no amount of pool time and fruity drinks and Macarena dance-alongs can keep either the past or future at bay.
Warning for people with epilepsy. The film contains strobe lights.
Charlotte Wells is a Scottish filmmaker based in New York. She wrote and directed three short films as a student in the MBA/MFA dual-degree program at NYU where she was supported by BAFTA New York and Los Angeles. Charlie has been featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 Faces of Independent Film and was a Fellow at the 2020 Sundance Institute Screenwriters and Directors Labs. Aftersun is her first feature.
2015 Tuesday (short)
2017 Blue Christmas (short)
2017 Laps (short)