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The Quick Explanation
Ari Aster explained that Midsommar was the byproduct of two things: a request from a Swedish company to make a movie set in Sweden, and him dealing with a breakup. He decided to combine the two ideas. As mysterious as Midsommar can feel, everything that happens is essentially a dramatization of Dani realizing she should break up with Christian. There’s a grounded version of this movie that has the same plot beats: Dani’s grieving, Christian doesn’t prioritize her (using his thesis and friends as excuses), Dani suffers, eventually finds news friends, Christian cheats, Dani leaves him. Aster took this framework and defamiliarized it.
As much emphasis as there is on the relationship with Christian, it coincides with an exploration of grief that’s similar to what we see in Hereditary. Except Hereditary is the tragic ending. The one where grief wins. Midsommar is the “happy” ending. Instead of succumbing to her pain, Dani finds a way through. The specifics of her story aren’t something people should replicate, but the core ideas are very applicable. Seek out new experiences. Find people who truly support you. Let go of toxic relationships. Because of those core ideas, Midsommar can be surprisingly cathartic and powerful, in a way that probably surprises a lot of viewers.
- Dani Ardor – Florence Pugh
- Christian – Jack Reynor
- Josh – William Jackson Harper
- Mark – Will Poulter
- Connie – Ellora Torchia
- Simon – Archie Madekwe
- Pelle – Vilhelm Blomgren
- Ingemar – Hampus Hallberg
- Maja – Isabelle Grill
- Ulf – Henrik Norlén
- Inga – Julia Ragnarsson
- Written by – Ari Aster
- Directed by – Ari Aster
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