Genre: Drama| Horror | Mystery |
Runtime: 147 min
Director: Ari Aster
Starring: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren
Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor) 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.
ABSTRACT AND DISTURBING BUT BEAUTIFUL MADE
Foreigners perspective on how the culture of Sweden seems to have always fascinated by others. For Swedes, it’s more tradition and a common thing. Swedes are often shy, introverted and exclusive with blue-eyed beautiful girls and blond-haired. Another thing is that there’s hot summer and cold winters, often mentioned in series. Not to forget the crucial and fucked up political progressive system.
Ari Aster, the director of Hereditary (2018), gives a portrayal of folklore and tradition in Swedish form. The events that first occurs, in the beginning, doesn’t really justify the rest of the story. Mainly it’s has been used as a plot tool to make the film go forward and make Dani travel with her friends. This tragedy is later used to give a sense of her mental state. When it starts suddenly with a murder-suicide, it’s hard to be convinced that’s the main story. Just like Jordan Peele’s Get Out (2017) it starts on very slowly and there’s often a feast. Along the way, there are several some unexplained things that happen that later get their answers.
Ari Aster gives you an exciting and intense world with weird shit, rituals, and traditions that are somehow based in reality. There are some come scenes where this kind of direction showcases an utterly authentic atmospheric environment in broad daylight. The cinematography is beautifully managed by Pawel Pogorzelski, who also worked with Ari Aster on Hereditary (2018). The unrealistic realistic tone and sharp contrast in different settings combined with darkness and light between scenes aesthetic is truly a watchable and remarkable piece of work. How it uses overall a setting, that uses the theme as the priority and the character second, driven by masterful cinematography builds also up against some tension between scenes. without saying, it has some eerie tone and soundtrack that brings the abstract world of the story to its verge.
This is a story, a movie where the main character doesn’t do much on their own. It how they react that get the forward in the story. The one who drives the story is the camera, the director and the people of Hårbo who believe in the most uneasy, disturbing traditions possible.
A movie that is set in Sweden requires to have some Swedish actors as well. The casting for the Swedish people worked out well enough believable. Often Swedish movies are horrible and disgustingly bad. A weak link for the entertainment of film but actors always seems to be good on the big screen, at least when they’re making movies with filmmakers abroad.
The main actors contain Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor with Vilhelm Blomgren where Pugh gives the best performance as Dani and has the most screen time. It follows also that she’s the May Queen by default and the only female from her own group of friends. Jack doesnät have a variety of emotions that qualify his upper strength. His emotion often still stay the same. Vilhelm plays Pelle, the helpful swede that lures his friends on the festivities. Will Poulter is mostly annoying to watch as he tries to be a comic-relief character named Mark. During the ritual sex scene, Reynor gives a good impressive performance in his own confused state.
This movie has very strong violence and disturbing images that most audience will find offensive. It tracks down to two and a half hour, mainly the first half-hour is the first act. The rest has torture, sex, drugs, profanity mixed with student cognitive level and naivety. You’ll think it’s weird but funny as well. It has all the cult movies should have and it still worth a watch for the way it provides a realistic and eerie movie about Swedish people, so only watch it you think you can handle it…