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Nearly christmas and there it is: My cinema highlight 2022.
Great atmospere, acting, camera... touched me a lot.
As a "child of divorce", I find Aftersun eminently relatable. This is the story of a little girl (very engagingly played by Frankie Corio) on a holiday with her dad (Paul Mescal), possibly the last if we let the occasional eerie music and the dad's evident mental health struggles take our imaginations in that direction. My situation was very different, but until these darker themes come to light, there was something that felt true about the kind of stolen season aspect to limited shared custody. It's a vacation, but you kind of wish you were home with your friends. The parent tries to cram a year in a few weeks, make you have a good time so they'll be fondly remembered. And in that, there's boredom, and a growing independence from the child, and the underlying stress of all this can make the parental facade crack. This is all very sensitively treated in Aftersun, and between the title and the flash forwards, we fear the worst, but the drama remains ambiguous and enigmatic.
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This movie ranks #3 in iCheckMovies's 2020s Top 100
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This movie ranks #303 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films