Normal People star Paul Mescal’s career-high continues as his latest film project has secured a rare 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Presented at Cannes Film Festival, Charlotte Wells’ feature-length debut follows a woman called Sophie as she looks back on a holiday she took with her father Calum (Mescal) years prior, piecing together memories both real and imagined as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t.
Mescal shares the screen with nine-year-old Frankie Corio, who plays a younger version of Sophie.
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Aftersun has quickly garnered very favourable comments from critics, though its current 100% score may slightly change once more reviews come in.
Co-produced by Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, the film has been hailed as “an exquisite revelation” by The Wrap.
“[Aftersun] is the type of movie from which you don’t walk away the same person,” the review reads.
Wells has also earned praise from Screen International, where the review highlights the writer-director’s “measured but relentless probing [and] her careful peeling away of the layers of this intimate piece”, calling the filmmaker “one of the most promising new voices in British cinema in recent years”.
“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,” Variety‘s review also noted.
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Mescal’s big break came with the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People, co-produced by BBC and Hulu.
Winning viewers and critics alike with its consent-focused, naturalistic sex scenes, devastating dialogue and the performances from both Mescal and his co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones, the series became a lockdown sensation when it was released in April 2020.
Sadly, it doesn’t seem that the TV story will expand on the source material and give fans a second season of Connell and Marianne… not for a very long time, at least.
Aftersun has yet to confirm a release date in the UK and the US. Normal People is available to stream now on BBC iPlayer.
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