Midsommar (2019)

# 16391 IMDb R 

Midsommar (2019

taglineLet the festivities begin

Director: Ari Aster

Stars: Will Poulter, Jack Reynor, Austin R. Grant, Florence Pugh, William Jackson Harper

Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller (2h 27min)

USA USA, Sweden Sweden, Hungary Hungary

Rated 7.5 after 40,057 votes, 72% postive reviews on 25-Sep-19.

Plot

A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Cast

Ari Aster (director) Florence Pugh Jack Reynor Vilhelm Blomgren William Jackson Harper Will Poulter Ellora Torchia

Florence Pugh (Dani), Jack Reynor (Christian), Vilhelm Blomgren (Pelle), William Jackson Harper (Josh), Will Poulter (Mark), Ellora Torchia (Connie), Archie Madekwe (Simon), Henrik Norlén (Ulf), Gunnel Fred (Siv), Isabelle Grill (Maja), Agnes Westerlund Rase (Dagny (as Agnes Rase)), Julia Ragnarsson (Inga), Mats Blomgren (Odd), Lars Väringer (Stev), Anna Åström (Karin), Hampus Hallberg (Ingemar), Liv Mjönes (Ulla), Louise Peterhoff (Hanna), Katarina Weidhagen (Ylva), Björn Andrésen (Dan), Tomas Engström (Jarl), Dag Andersson (Sven), Lennart R. Svensson (Mats), Anders Beckman (Arne), Rebecka Johnston (Ulrika), Tove Skeidsvoll (Majvor), Anders Back (Valentin), Anki Larsson (Irma), Levente Puczkó-Smith (Ruben), Frans Rosengarten (Bror (as Frans Cavallin Rosengarten)), Vilmos Kolba (Elder), Mihály Kaszás (Torbjorn), Gabi Fon (Dani's Mother (as Gabrielle Fón)), Zsolt Bojári (Dani's Father), Klaudia Csányi (Terri), Anna Berentz (Pizza Waitress), Austin R. Grant (Hipster Guy (as Austin Grant)), Kati Dombi (Kajsa), Linnea Larsdotter (Singer (voice)), Maximilian Slash Marton (Evert (uncredited))...

From the same director

Credits

Ari Aster (written by)

Produced by

Patrik Andersson (producer), Tyler Campellone (co-producer), Scott E. Chester (line producer: slc unit), Beau Ferris (co-producer), Fredrik Heinig (executive producer), Lars Knudsen (producer), Pelle Nilsson (executive producer), Jeffrey Penman (co-producer), Viktória Petrányi (producer: Proton Cinema), Szandra Barbara Pozsár (line producer / line producer: Hungary), Ben Rimmer (executive producer / line producer: Hungary), Tintin Scheynius (associate producer), Judit Sós (senior producer: Hungary), Philip Westgren (executive producer)

Music

Comment

I'll start this off with a warning. If you're a mainstream horror fan, you will not like this. It is not The Conjuring, it does not have jump scares, it is a slow movie. It's not scary in the way that most horror films are scary. It doesn't frighten you. It felt traumatic. This is an artsy movie for sure. If you don't like that, don't see it.

Florence Pugh is absolutely phenomenal. She provides the heart for the film and is what keeps the audience emotionally invensted in such a disturbing film. It's one of the greatest horror performances that I have ever seen.

The cinematography is stunningly gorgeous. I've never seen a film look so gory and grotesque and yet absolutely beatiful at the same time. It's some of the best cinematography that I've seen in years. The art direction is also phenomenal in providing us with a floral, candy colored, nightmare world.

And Ari Aster's screenplay and direction is what makes this so special and separates it from other horror pieces. It's slow, methodical, eerie. But the characters are psychological and deep. The dialogue is real and colorful. The plot is surreal and disturbing. He let's the scares crawl at you as opposed to jump at you. He allows you to see what will happen, process it, feel the shock of what's about to happen, and then still shock you even more when it happens.

This film will be divisive. I have no doubt that many people here will hate this. However, while this is a challenging film, it's also a great film. Halfway through a character says something along the lines of "That was so messed up, but I'm trying to keep an open mind." I suggest that audiences take this advice.

PSA, this movie is extremely violent, bloody, and gory. It's pretty horrifying and it could have stuff that is triggering.

Memorable quotes

Simon: So we just gonna ignore the bear then?
Ingemar: It's a bear.


18 total 

Trivia

The film was originally given an NC-17 by the MPAA. According to Ari Aster, around 30 minutes was cut from the final film mainly due to content. A director's cut is planned for the home video release.


35 total 

Awards

None

Other titles

Midsommar ((original title); Australia; Canada (English title); Denmark; France; Germany; India (Hindi title); Israel (Hebrew title); Spain; UK; USA) • Sredina Leta (Bosnia and Herzegovina (Serbian title)) • Midsommar: O Mal Não Espera a Noite (Brazil) • Midsommar: solstice d'été (Canada (French title)) • Festival straha (Croatia) • Midsommar - loputon yö (Finland) • Μεσοκαλόκαιρo (Greece) • Fehér éjszakák (Hungary) • Midsommar - Il villaggio dei dannati (Italy) • Saulgriezu kults (Latvia) • Saules kultas (Lithuania) • Midsommar: el terror no espera la noche (Mexico) • Midsommar. W bialy dzien (Poland) • Midsommar - O Ritual (Portugal) • Солнцестояние (Russia) • Мидсоммар (Russia) • Sredina leta (Serbia) • Letný slnovrat (Slovakia) • Slnovrat (Slovakia) • Ritüel (Turkey (Turkish title)) • Сонцестояння (Ukraine) • Midsommar: El terror no espera la noche (Uruguay (original subtitled version))

Language

MPAA

Rated R for disturbing ritualistic violence and grisly images, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language

Certification

Australia:R18+ / Austria:16 / Belgium:KNT/ENA / Brazil:18 / Canada:18A / Canada:16+ / Czech Republic:15 / Finland:K-16 / France:12 avec avertissement / Greece:A-18 / Hungary:18 / Iceland:16 / Indonesia:21+ / Ireland:16 / Italy:VM14 / Lithuania:N-16 / Luxembourg:16 / Malta:18 / Mexico:C / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R18 / Norway:15 / Philippines:R-18 / Philippines:R-16 / Poland:18 / Portugal:M/18 / Russia:18+ / Singapore:R21 / South Africa:18 / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Switzerland:16 / Taiwan:R-18 / Thailand:20 / Turkey:18+ / United Kingdom:18 / United States:R

Companies

Proton Cinema (service production company), B-Reel Films, Square Peg

Keywords

Added on

25-Sep-19

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