Midsommar ★★★★

As evidence that the world is compressing rapidly, I saw this Swedish film in the United Arab Emirates at a “Guy Fieri’s Dine-in Cinema.” This made for an odd combination of Nordic human sacrifice, a Mac ’n’ Cheese Burger, and excised sex scenes.

This is sunny pagan psychological terror. An almost over-exposed Technicolor horror film after the most disturbing start to any film I can remember. Frances Pugh is an international treasure. She’s on her way to being the Jeanne Moreau of this generation. She easily out-acted and then willingly sacrificed the rest of the cast. Ari Aster is the latest example of the outsized Swedish influence on the history of cinema. What a stylist. I’m so glad I saw this on the big screen.

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