Scottish writer-director Charlotte Wells has lit up the Can Critics Week After the sun, An exploitative story of an 11-year-old going on vacation with her father. Paul Mescal (Ordinary people, lost daughters) Francesca Corio as well as the stars with an amazing supporting performance in a great two-handed. Shot in a location in Turkey, the film is partly a comedy-drama with a package holiday, but also a meditation on the memory of a father with a mental health problem.
Young Sophie (Corio) is obviously happy to spend time with her father. Mescal is playing a little older than his 26, but it is still suggested that he had a very young child. People assume they are brothers and sisters; She doesn’t want to hang out with other parents because they are too old. Separated from Sophie’s mother, she tries her best to show her daughter a good time, but local attractions have limitations for this little strange couple. Swimming in the pool, mocktail at Shisha Cafe and one of the most painful karaoke scenes in the movie.
More fruitful is the neighboring hotel, where Sophie captivates older kids with her snooker skills and peeks at teenage hormones and all-inclusive holiday fun.
As a writer, Wells is great at conversations that feel authentic, informative and fun. There is a beautiful reward between father and daughter that reflects their shared history and humor as well as their differences. Mescal and Corio are both great in these scenes, as well as more dramatic.
Dream-like sequences show her in moments that can be imagined by older Sophie, whether she is dancing at the club and sweating or walking in the sea. Increasingly, it is clear that she is facing emotional challenges, and her fate may have informed Sophie’s curiosity about the past. The pair use a miniDiv camera to film some of their vacation and weave that footage into the main story. After the sun Nostalgia is an extra tinge.
While this is definitely not autobiographical, it certainly feels like a very personal work and is even better for it. Oh, and the 1990’s pop soundtrack is a joy.