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Dani (Florence Pugh) takes her boyfriend Christian (Jack Reynor) to a Swedish festival in a remote village that isn’t quite what it seems Midsommar

The seemingly harmless inhabitants of a remote Swedish village harbor a terrible secret Midsommara new movie from director Ari Aster, who brought us last year’s hair-raising horror movie Heir apparent† The official synopsis describes the film as “a sodden cinematic fairytale in which a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight.” Judging by the trailer, that sounds about right.

A long-time fan of the horror genre, Aster started his career with a controversial short film called The Strange thing about the Johnsonsin which a son develops a taboo-incestuous relationship with this father. Heir apparent, his first feature also rooted his horror in dysfunctional family drama, with themes of trauma and grief – just before turning into a blood-curdling nightmare. It was hailed by critics as the scariest movie of the year and compared to horror classics like the exorcist and rosemary baby

Midsommar seems to owe more to the 1973 horror/mystery, The Wicker Man, in which a police sergeant investigates a missing girl on the remote Hebridean island of Summerisle, where the inhabitants practice a form of Celtic paganism. It’s a really creepy, if dated and slightly hokey, movie. (The less said about the 2006 remake starring Nicolas Cage, the better.) Midsommar has the same rural setting with sinister undertones and contains the same idea of ​​a harvest festival with a maypole dance. It is not difficult to suspect that the same theme of pagan sacrificial rites will appear.

In MidsommarChristian (Jack Reynor) wants to go to a summer festival in Sweden with his friends – at the invitation of the native Swede Pelle (Vilhelm Blomgren) and over the objections of his girlfriend Dani (Florence Pugh). The couple are about to split up after four years together, but then tragedy strikes Dani’s family and a guilt-ridden Christian invites her to join them.

“It’s kind of a crazy festival, with special ceremonies and dressing up,” Pelle explains to her. He forgot to mention all the nubile young Swedish girls in white dresses with flowers in their hair and looked at Dani’s friend. And what about all the ghostly drawings covering the walls in the lodge? Add a native potion with “special properties” (ie hallucinogens), and it gets super creepy (and bloody), super fast. It turns out that Swedish hippies aren’t as innocent as they seem, though Pelle honestly assures Dani, “We only do this every 90 years.”

Midsommar opens in theaters on July 3, 2019,

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