Writer-director Ari Aster, whose Hereditary scared the pants off audiences in 2018, wanders off into a baffling mock-ethnographic corner with this far-fetched shockeroo. An already emotionally fragile young American woman (Florence Pugh) follows her selfish boyfriend (Jack Reynor) and his ditto buddies to the northern outback of Sweden, where they expect to witness a summer solstice celebration by quaint but peaceful villagers. But nothing is as advertised. Aster lays on the grisly, horrific details with a thick brush, and despite Pugh’s workable perf as victimized Dani, a queasy-making stupor descends on the vacation from hell and everyone – including us in the audience – can only feel lucky to walk away whole. A true sophomore slump for Aster. Costarring Will Poulter and William Jackson Harper.
Director: Ari Aster
Producer: Patrik Andersson, Lars Knudsen, Fredrik Heinig, Pelle Nilsson, Ben Rimmer and Philip Westgren
Cast: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Harper, Will Poulter, Vilhelm Blomgren, Isabelle Grill, Gunnel Fred, Archie Madekwe, Ellora Torchia, Anna Åström, Liv Mjönes, Björn Andrésen, Henrik Norlén and Louise Peterhoff