Absent Friends

So this one’s a little tricky.

For this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie, my guest Julianna Notten — whose first feature, the very charming Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls, just opened at the Carlton in Toronto and is also available on VOD across Canada — chose Charlotte Wells’ Aftersun, the story of a father and daughter on vacation at a Turkish resort for what we gradually understand is their last time together.

It’s a brilliant debut, and an exquisitely sad movie, and given that my own father would have turned 80 on Thursday, and now won’t ever do that, it’s a film that comes with a little extra baggage for me. We’re not quite the same people after they’re gone, is the thing, and I think that’s ultimately what Wells’ movie is about. Recording this episode helped me understand that, and now you get to hear my therapy in real time. Sounds great, right? But it kind of is.

Standard advisories apply: Subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle PlayStitcher and/or Spotify,  or download the episode directly from the web. And then start catching up on your Shiny Things newsletters; this week I wrote about Shout! Factory’s excellent 4K edition of Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead and how She Said and Tar deal their monsters very differently. Worth your time, I think, and surely worth subscribing! That 14-day free trial is still going; sign up and enjoy.

And that’s about it, except for this other thing I’ll be part of later this week. I’ll fill you in when I can.

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