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. (IMDb)
It’s terrifying how potent and perfect Aster’s direction is, helped of course by Pugh’s standout turn. The long pre-title sequence is brilliantly done and fucking unbearable, and this description applies throughout, as heartwrenching music, creative camerawork, and a beautiful aesthetic decorate the disgusting horrors, which regrettably get grossly self-indulgent in the second half as the intriguing story arcs (Dani’s grief, the strained relationship, the thesis drama) fade into the background.
7.5/10 (Really Good)