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15+ Recommendations for Fans of the Hit Film 'Aftersun'

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Aftersun has captivated audiences as one of the most emotionally powerful films of 2022. Director Charlotte Wells tells the story of Sophie, who revisits a vacation she took with her father twenty years ago through a mix of memories and footage. As Sophie seeks to understand her relationship with her father, the film explores themes of family and self-discovery. 

If you enjoyed Aftersun, we recommend checking out the following films that also delve into similar themes and emotions. Enjoy your viewing experience!

1. Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016)

1. Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016)

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious boy and his step-uncle lost in the wild New Zealand bush. One of Taika Waititi's most captivating films, Hunt For The Wilderpeople is a wonderful story about two lonely souls slowly becoming friends and connecting.

Director: Taika Waititi

Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata

2. All Hands On Deck (2020)

2. All Hands On Deck (2020)

An unexpected strange triple bond forms during an impromptu trip to the French countryside for a wildly romantic mission. As Calum and Sophie did in Aftersun with the ambivalence of the father-daughter relationship, All Hands On Deck captures the ups and downs of a vacation better than any other movie. It offers a creative portrayal of how happiness and sadness affect everything.

Director: Guillaume Brac

Cast: Eric Nantchouang, Salif Cissé, Édouard Sulpice

3. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

3. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

Two young men and an attractive woman go on a journey in Mexico and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex and each other. Just like Aftersun, Y Tu Mamá También gracefully captures the beautiful bonds that fade over time and offers its characters the chance to look back with longing and pride.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Cast: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho

4. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

4. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Determined to get their little girl into the final of a beauty pageant, a family takes a nationwide road trip in VW buses. Although the Hoovers are a family, each of its members is lost in their inner worlds until the journey forces them to interact and truly understand each other.

Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

Cast: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear

5. Captain Fantastic (2016)

5. Captain Fantastic (2016)

In the jungles of the Pacific Northwest, a devoted father to raising his six children with rigorous physical and mental training is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his notion of what it means to be a parent. 

Director: Matt Ross

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler

6. Call Me By Your Name (2017)

6. Call Me By Your Name (2017)

In 1980s Italy, love blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the man her father hired as a research assistant. In Aftersun, Sophie's fascinating journey with her father helps her make peace with the man she once was, while in this film Timothée Chalamet's s character embarks on a beautiful journey of sexual awakening.

Director: Luca Guadagnino

Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg

7. The Loneliest Planet (2011)

7. The Loneliest Planet (2011)

An engaged couple's backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains is derailed by a single misstep that threatens everything the couple believes about each other and themselves.

Director: Julia Loktev

Cast: Gael García Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, Bidzina Gujabidze

8. The Green Ray (1986)

8. The Green Ray (1986)

It's July and Delphine has nowhere to go for the summer. She feels so bored and 'empty' but that doesn't last long, she. One day, by chance, she meets someone who seems like she was made entirely for her.

Director: Éric Rohmer

Cast: Marie Rivière, María Luisa García, Vincent Gauthier

9. Reminiscences Of A Journey To Lithuania (1972)

9. Reminiscences Of A Journey To Lithuania (1972)

Filmmaker Jonas Mekas turns a sad diary of a trip to his native Lithuania into a film. It is one of the most heartwarming and beautiful films of his career. He tries to reconnect with Mekas' mother and family members whom he misses from his childhood.

Director: Jonas Mekas

Cast: Jonas Mekas, Adolfas Mekas, Pola Chapelle Marie Rivière, María Luisa García, Vincent Gauthier

10. The Lost Daughter (2021)

10. The Lost Daughter (2021)

A woman's beach vacation takes a dark turn as she begins to confront the troubles of her past. The film is a story about mother and daughter, where imagination plays an important role in interpreting and confronting painful memories. Just like in Aftersun, the protagonist uses long-lost memories to reconnect with his past and tries to figure out exactly where things went wrong and who is to blame.

Director: Maggie Gyllenhaal

Cast: Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson

11. Jersey Girl (2004)

11. Jersey Girl (2004)

After a widowed man is cast aside in an unexpected tragedy and personal explosion, he must take care of his very precocious daughter and rebuild his life and career.

Director: Kevin Smith

Cast: Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Raquel Castro

12. A Little Inside (1999)

12. A Little Inside (1999)

A professional baseball player tries to raise his little girl alone while pursuing her own dreams. A single parent, Ed must balance his career and dreams with responsibilities to his daughter.

Director: Kara Harshbarger

Cast: Hallie Eisenberg, Benjamin King, Kathy Baker

13. Leave No Trace (2018)

13. Leave No Trace (2018)

A father and his thirteen-year-old daughter, Portland, Oregon' While they live the ideal life in a sprawling city park in Florida, a small mistake derails their lives forever. Directed by Debra Granik, the film explores the delicate relationship between an ideally coexisting father and daughter.

Director: Debra Granik

Cast: Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeffery Rifflard

14. The Father (2020)

14. The Father (2020)

A man refuses all help from his daughter as she gets older. As she tries to make sense of her changing circumstances, she begins to doubt her loved ones, her own mind, and even her own reality.

Director: Florian Zeller

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss

15. Terms of Endearment (1983)

15. Terms of Endearment (1983)

The film follows the elusive Aurora, who is looking for love, and her daughter's family problems. Meanwhile, his daughter deals with problems in her marriage. The two team up to help each other get out of their lives' turmoil. The film focuses on their being friends rather than their dependents in a parent-child relationship.

Director: James L. Brooks

Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson

16. This Boy's Life (1993)

16. This Boy's Life (1993)

Based on the memoirs of writer and literature professor Tobias Wolff, the film tells the story of the relationship between a rebellious teenager and his abusive stepfather in the 1950s.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones

Cast: Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Barkin

17. Fathers and Daughters (2015)

17. Fathers and Daughters (2015)

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author grapples with being a widow and father after a mental breakdown, 27 years later his grown daughter struggles to make her own connections. The film somehow combines the struggles of both father and daughter. viewers, it allows a parent to understand how every minute of their life affects their child's perspective.

Director: Gabriele Muccino

Cast: Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul

18. Somewhere (2010)

18. Somewhere (2010)

After withdrawing to Chateau Marmont, a passionate Hollywood actor reconsiders his life when his eleven-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit. Johnny and Cleo start out as almost strangers and gradually get to know each other. They soon form the traditional father-daughter bond.

Director: Sofia Coppola

Cast: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Chris Pontius

Have you seen any of these movies? Tell us in the comments!

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