Victoria ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼’s review published on Letterboxd:
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Ari Aster returns to the horror film scene with Midsommar, a very different view of what we are used to seeing in this genre (which I am very grateful for).
The director moves from the dark, closed spaces and paranormal atmosphere of Hereditary to the light, wide valleys and bucolic, suspiciously innocent aesthetics of Sweden's meadows.
The film is about a group of friends who go to Sweden, to visit the celebration called Midsommar (the summer solstice party). Tensions rise after the group is witnesses of some pretty tough events. All of this, pushes them to the limit, everything that seemed to be a quiet and relaxing trip, quickly turns into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Personally, I don't know if it should be considered a horror movie. Because it makes you feel uncomfortable, not because of the amount of graphic images that there are, it is because you know that a group of people have gone to a place far from civilization, where they have a religious belief that makes them capable of doing things that most people would consider crazy. And that's the real strength of Midsommar, because what's going to happen is full of symbolic weight.
I find that there is a lot of psychological background of manipulation and suggestion (which is very good if you need to explain a story like this) at all times. For example, with the use of substances and drugs that nullify the will. In fact, it reminded me a lot of the Charles Manson cult, which was cheating and poisoning people in his organization. In addition to filling their heads, they were psychologically broken and unable to have feelings, much less empathy for others. I know all cults are like that, but this case came to mind.
I have to congratulate Ari Aster, because even though it's a film set in Sweden, a country where it never gets dark in the summer, it gives us that feeling of discomfort or even repulsion in some parts. I must also highlight the colours, costumes and cinematography of this film. All those pastel shades, the flowers, the wooden huts... I think all of us who like the countryside would have liked to have been there sometime. (Without all these people, of course)
The costumes are beautiful, I did some research, and they explain that the regional costumes for women, with their bright colors, floral prints and hand embroidery are the characteristic ones. The way Europeans dress for parties or special occasions dates back in many cases to before the 19th century, although it is now heavily influenced by the modern Western style.
The truth is there are a thousand things to explain about this film. Doing some research, I found this website, which explains the keys and the tradition of terror of 'Midsommar': horrorlosers.tumblr.com/post/186700506415/claves-y-tradición-de-terror-de-midsommar-más
It's a long film, but I think it would have been difficult to explain what happens and the result without all the work he does. As I said, Midsommar will be a film that probably won't rain at all tastes. But I find, that the theme and direction will remain more in our memories than other films with a more generic horror style.