MIDSOMMAR (2019)

A film by  Ari Aster

Cast:  Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren

Dani and Christian are about to separate when Dani’s family is affected by a tragedy. Saddened by the young woman’s mourning, Christian can not bring herself to leave her alone and takes him and his friends to a summer festival that takes place once every 90 years and takes place in a village in Sweden.
But what begins as a carefree holiday in a country where the sun does not go down will quickly take a much more sinister and disturbing turn.

Yes if you have seen the original wicker man, here Aster has rewrite it and add some elements to it to turn it around in an original idea and did he ever succeed. Shot on location in this little village in Sweden . Aster here is talented enough to to build the tension with some horrific images plus his knowledge of lingering on the uncomfortable moments for a little too long. Aster here took along those theme family tragedy, bad break up, and grief to make this old fashion horror film. Midsommar is outstanding and many things at once folks horror, adult tale, sorcery, and yes even dark comedy. We follow this couple, Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor), on the verge of a break up who travel to Sweden with a group of Jack’s grad school friends to experience a once-in-every-ninety-year Midsommar festival. The group is invited to the festival by Pelle (Vilhelm Blomgren) who is part of this community as he calls it. This village off the map has this festival were they celebrate summer. Weird horrific things is going to happen soon after that. Here Aster shines by never letting go the tension and using some terrific score. This film feels like an hallucinogenic trip at times . Dani will feel uncomfortable at time but later due to some drinking some kind of potion to make you fell good will start to feel at home. It is about this girl who became an orphan and jump right in an other family to become her family but people have to pay a price. well I will travel next summer to Sweden. Ha!ha!ha!ha!

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LADY MACBETH (2017)

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A  film by William Oldroyd

Cast; Florence Pugh, Christopher Fairbank, Cosmo Jarvis

1865, Rural England. Katherine (Florence Pugh) has a unhappy life of a loveless marriage with a Lord (Paul Hilton) who has twice her aged. One day, she falls in love with a young groom who works on her husband’s land and discovers passion.

The focus of the story is Catherine of course. Here is an adaptation of a 19th century Russian novella, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov. When her husband and father-in-law leave their estate on a business trip, Katherine is left alone with the  staff, and embarks on a steamy affair with the groomsman, Sebastian (Cosmo Jarvis). Well at the beginning of the films she has trouble to just to her new life with her husband. Katherine isn’t exactly subtle about her cheating, so it does not take long for the star to find out about it.  But her personal maid Anna (Naomi Ackie), is a little scared because she knows she’ll be the one punished for her mistress’s indiscretions. Lady Macbeth has  a complex study of gender, class and racial politics, with  the difficulties of having all three intersecting. It is like she is rebelling against her husband who is unable to satisfy her and her needs.  The actress here is standing out which she is fairly new at this acting thing but delivers a role of a life time by nailing it dead on. As for the rest of the cast they have done an outstanding job as well. Not an easy thing to act with facial expression without saying a word. Light on dialogue, as the director tell his story in a cinematic fashion, with subtle gestures, wicked smiles and nervous faces and beautiful photography. Voila!!!

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