This year’s Cannes Film Festival was packed with so many movies, it’s hard to know which one to watch. Between Ruben OstlundPalme d’Or winning satire triangle of sadness, David Cronenbergthe long-awaited return of body horror in Future Crimesand Park Chan-wookFilm Noir Oscar Submission Decision to leave, this awards season will be a battle between the best of the festival. However, the dark horse of the festival and the upcoming awards race is not these internationally acclaimed veteran authors, but a first-time director named Charlotte Wells. His first feature film After Sun has quietly and consistently blown away critics with its gritty story, heartbreaking realism, and brilliant performances. Telling the story of the emotional roller coaster that comes from a Turkish resort vacation shared by a father and daughter, After Sun is a revelation.
The film’s most established actor is Paul Mescalwho is known for his role in the adaptation of the miniseries normal people, playing Calum, the young father. By his side, his 11-year-old daughter, Sophie, is Frankie Leather. Corio has no prior credits to his name but beat out 800 other applicants for the role. It paid off as Corio’s performance is hailed as one of the best of his generation. Completing the cast is Celia Rowlson Hall who plays Sophie as an adult. Rowlson-Hall made a name for herself as a dancer and choreographer who worked on the HBO show Girls as well as music videos for artists like Alicia’s Keys. She has also directed several short films as well as a feature film entitled MY in 2015.
For anyone who can’t wait to see this father-daughter story, here’s everything we know about how, when and where you can watch this new family drama. But first, here’s the official synopsis of After Sun:
In a declining vacation resort, 11-year-old Sophie spends rare moments with her loving and idealistic father, Calum. Twenty years later, Sophie’s fond memories of their last vacation become a powerful and heartbreaking portrait of their relationship.
When is Aftersun hitting theaters?
After Sun will be released in theaters by A24 on October 21, 2022.
Will Aftersun be available for streaming the same day as cinemas?
Unfortunately, After Sun won’t be available to stream the same day it hits theaters and there’s no news on which streaming service it will end up on. However, A24 signed an exclusive release deal with Showtime Networks at the end of 2019 to screen and stream all of their theatrically released non-Apple movies until November 1, 2022. This means that After Sun is expected to appear on Showtime and/or its affiliate channels after its theatrical release.
What are the reviews saying about Aftersun?
Since its Cannes Film Festival premiere, critics have fallen in love with this understated yet effective portrayal of a youthful moment, with the film currently holding a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The collider’s own Hutchinson Hunt described After Sun as “one of the most sublime films of the year so far” and said it “reflects on how our memories, no matter how well we hold on to them, can be lost to time”. Hutchinson gave the film an A+ rating in his review of the film.
Much of the praise went to the film’s direction, as well as the performances of the film’s protagonists Frankie Corio and Paul Mescal, who appear to be on track to earn a slew of nominations this awards season. Based on critical reception, After Sun is shaping up to be one of A24’s best films in recent years. Read on for an excerpt from our review of After Sun or view the full article here.
There’s a boldness to a lot of how it all becomes more emotionally fleeting, but there’s no better way to capture the elusive emotional states being expressed. The way the visuals all dance across the screen in flashes of brilliance that break down the barriers between form and feeling until they become one is nothing short of spectacular.
More heartfelt single parent movies you can watch right now
To help you out while you wait for your local theater to screen this masterpiece of contemporary independent British cinema, check out these three other films that explore the beauty and difficulty of being a single parent:
The Florida Project: Director Sean Baker established himself as one of the most sympathetic directors of his generation, focusing his gaze on the forgotten of society. So far, The Florida Project is the peak of his career. The film follows Moonee, a six-year-old girl living in a hotel near Disney World with her young mother. With her friends from the hotel, Moonee goes on an adventure and gets into trouble. Through her innocent eyes, however, we see the dangerous and sometimes brutal world her mother is a part of. Never a moralist, Baker does not judge any of his characters and instead presents these characters’ flaws and motivations with care and understanding. Undoubtedly, this movie will change the way you think or feel about people that society often views as criminals or immoral.
Kramer versus Kramer: Kramer versus Kramer maybe old-fashioned, but it was one of the first films to attempt to portray single parenthood in an authentic way. The film begins when Joanna (Meryl Streep) informs her longtime husband Ted (Dustin Hoffman) that the strain of her life as a housewife has become too much and she abandons him and his son. Following this explosive event, Ted, a workaholic, must become the father of his son for the first time in his life. The first half of the film explores the day-to-day struggles of single parenthood, the second half focuses on the custody battles that all too often lead to the needless vilification of one parent over the other. Featuring Oscar-winning performances from Streep and Hoffman, this 1970s classic is a must-have!
20th century women: However 20th century women didn’t get the attention it deserved at the Oscars, it’s sure to go down as one of the best films of the decade. After having done Beginnersa film examining his late relationship with his gay father, Mike Mills made 20th century women based on his teenage relationship with his mother. The film follows 55-year-old Dorothea (Annette Bening), a single mother, who in the hope of understanding her son better and helping him, hires a photographer to board at her house as well as a teenage girl he is in love with to help raise him. It’s a beautiful, thoughtful story about what it takes to raise a child and what it takes to truly love someone.
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