It's one of the best-reviewed movies of the year, but is Aftersun streaming?
Charlotte Wells' directorial debut features Normal People star-slash-Phoebe Bridgers BF Paul Mescal and newcomer Frankie Corio in a father-daughter relationship that mirrors Wells' own, a movingly nostalgic coming-of-age story that won the coveted Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
But can you watch the sweet flick from the comfort of your own couch yet? (And you're going to want to—if you're like us, you're going to want to do your Kim Kardashian-level ugly-crying to that "Under Pressure" scene in the privacy of your own home.) Here's all of the Afterstun streaming information we have so far.
Is 'Aftersun' streaming? Where to watch it online:
Released by A24—the same studio behind some of our favorites like Lady Bird, Moonlight and Midsommar—Aftersun hit theaters on Friday, October 21.
You can currently buy or rent Aftersun on Google Play or Vudu for $19.99. In terms of subscription-based streamers, however, a digital release date has not yet been announced. Based on the studio's release history, though, we can expect the title to become available digitally about 45 days after its theatrical release, like A24 films before it. That means we can potentially see Aftersun on streaming in early December.
We know that Aftersun will not be carried on HBO Max, since it's not a Warner Bros. title, nor is it likely to see it on Netflix later this year. Rather, A24 has a streaming deal with Showtime for all of the company's non-Apple titles, so it would be fair to assume that you'll be able to stream it there in the near future.
MUBI reportedly bought the rights to Aftersun out of Cannes and will release the film in the United Kingdom on Friday, November 18, so it will likely be available for streaming on the MUBI platform outside of the US.
'Aftersun' plot: what is it about?
An aching memory piece, Aftersun tells the story of Sophie (Frankie Corio), a plucky 11-year-old spending a summer vacation at a Turkish seaside resort with her 30-year-old, single father Calum (Paul Mescal) in the 1990s. It flashes back and forth from that land of pool days, first kisses and thread hair wraps to the present, where adult Sophia (played by Celia Rowlson-Hall) is entering parenthood herself and contending with her memories of a man who she deeply loved but didn't fully understand.
Director Charlotte Wells has been forthright that Aftersun is "emotionally autobiographical" about her own childhood with her father, telling W Magazine (opens in new tab): "I allowed, in the early stages of the film, my own memories and anecdotes from holidays and throughout childhood to inform the skeleton outline of the script. The process of digging through my past eventually infiltrated the film itself, and it took on this retroactive gaze."
She continued: "These characters—while their starting point was certainly inspired by me and my dad—were ultimately infused by many different people, fictional and otherwise. As you move toward production, the story diverges from this place of self in a way that allows you to put yourself on the page in a way that feels very exposing, but less exposing once you get to the final film, because it has transformed into its own thing."
Watch the 'Aftersun' trailer:
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