Aftersun showcases promising, soon-to-be stars in the film industry

Lucas Enrique Gomez, Sports Editor

With the 2023 Oscars quickly approaching, and fans of film wanting to watch all the big name films that are nominated, many great movies are overlooked. 2022’s Aftersun is the telling of a beautiful story following an Irish girl and her father as they vacation in Turkey. 

The film follows 11-year-old Sophie, told through the eyes of her 32-year-old self, as she navigates a difficult relationship with her young father. The film tackles the back-and-forth between the two as Sophie’s father, Calum, struggles to keep spirits high in the face of his depression.

Aged 10, Frankie Corio’s film debut as Sophie brings an innocence and joy that the otherwise melancholic film benefits greatly from. Paul Mescal’s performance as Calum grabbed him an Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, starting his new acting career with a bang.

In a Q&A at the Aero Theater, Paul Mescal said that with writing that good, the story tells itself and he was happy to have been blessed with the opportunity. Mescal sang many praises for rookie director Charlotte Wells, saying he sees greatness in her future and couldn’t imagine her making a bad film or even one that was just okay. 

Films like Aftersun are a breath of fresh air in the world of fast-paced, CGI-filled movies. The film will not be for everyone, it’s slow and deliberate, hanging on scenes until you really understand what it means to you. Deep emotion is portrayed through the incredible performances and stunning cinematography. 

Aftersun is a must-watch film from 2022 and is sure to be a cult classic in the future. Look out for Charlotte Wells’ name from now on, she’s sure to make waves. I give Aftersun 4 VHS tapes out 5