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Paul Mescal’s 96%-rated drama that’s guaranteed to make you cry is coming to Netflix

Get out your tissues!

In 2020, we saw Paul Mescal’s breakout role in the romantic miniseries Normal People, which showcased his obvious talent for drama. As one of the most in-demand young actors in the film industry, Mescal has already expanded his filmography immensely.

While we wait for the sequel to Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, starring the actor, let’s think back to his brightest film of 2021. Luckily, the film will be added to the Netflix catalog next week, so be prepared to cry your eyes out while watching this emotional rollercoaster of a movie.


The plot of the film revolves around Sophie, an 11-year-old girl who gets the chance to spend her holidays with her father Calum (Mescal) at a resort. The thing is, Sophie’s parents lost all bond after the divorce, and that’s why she cherishes that rare time.

While Calum is certainly a loving father, he struggles to navigate life outside of fatherhood. Sophie sees it all and doesn’t understand how she can help him while at the same time struggling with her own difficulties in growing up.

This film manages to portray both the struggles of a teenage girl and a middle-aged man questioning his profession, life choices, sexuality, and even whether he wants to live. Therefore, it explores a number of issues of great importance to everyone.

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All that drama wouldn’t be so spectacular and convincing without the leading actors. Mescal is joined here by the brilliant rising star Frankie Corio as Sophie.

The wholesomeness of the unique film code, the original screenplay and the performances, including that of the child, make this film reminiscent of dramas such as C’mon C’mon by Joaquin Phoenix (2021) and Scrapper by Harris Dickinson (2023) .

Titled Aftersun, it became a huge hit in 2021 and continues to break the hearts of millions of viewers around the world. It is said to be worth watching as it promises an extremely realistic and moving portrayal of growing up and the midlife crisis.

This film can make you very emotional as you reflect on your own experiences, similar to those of Mescal’s character.

“I’ve never had the feeling that I’m looking at memories that weren’t previously mine. Masterpiece,” admits Redditor @JaySeaGaming.

Don’t miss this drama hit, because Aftersun will be available on Netflix from June 21.