Fifth about The Seventh

Aftersun (2022)

Aftersun: Charlotte Wells’ touching drama is rather minimalist in its storytelling, as it follows a summer vacation in Turkey of an 11-year-old girl with her divorced father, who lives away and doesn’t see her enough. She is also starting her transformation from a kid to a young woman, making those days even more remarkable. Frankie Corio is absolutely charming and naturalistic as the young and lively protagonist, loving her father but starting to spread her own wings. Paul Mescal, as her father, is quite (and quietly) good as well, and they share a nice chemistry on-screen. The film has striking aesthetics: cinematographer Gregory Oke uses a lot of lengthy shots, often with some unusual but remarkable framing. One offshoot of that choice is that film moves very slowly, even if editor Blair McClendon mixes in some home video footage of the vacation creating an uneasy, almost ominous feeling; in any case, the film is ponderous but never boring.

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