Having a daughter makes men less sexist. And that’s got to be good for us all

Fathers of girls have more empathy for women, according to research. But as King Lear and new movie Aftersun show, there are plenty of challenges along the way

The often neglected bond between father and daughter is explored in Charlotte Wells’s acclaimed debut film, Aftersun, which opened in cinemas last week and stars Normal People’s Paul Mescal and newcomer Frankie Corio.

It tells the tale of a woman looking back on a holiday she spent as a child with her father. “Tale” is probably the wrong word because it’s much more about atmosphere, memory and the teasing ease and passing tensions that inform so many paternal-filial relationships.

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