2019 | Ari Aster | USA | English // Swedish | CC available upon request | 140 min | R
Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. From the visionary mind of Ari Aster comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairy tale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight.
“Midsommar takes the mundane misery of a disintegrating relationship and renders it as a Technicolor thriller.” — David Sims, The Atlantic
“A savage yet evolved slice of Swedish folk-horror, Ari Aster’s hallucinatory follow-up to Hereditary proves him a horror director with no peer.” — Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
“Midsommar, much like the festival at the center of the plot, is a rare experience that is not to be missed.” — Caitlin Kennedy, Film Inquiry