R | | Drama, Horror, Mystery
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.
William Jackson Harper is the only American actor in the film. Jack Reynor, although born in Colorado, is Irish, Florence Pugh is English, and Will Poulter is English. All other supporting actors are either Swedish, British, or Hungarian.
Hey, guys. So these are younger people from my village. They're also returning from the trips outside. Come on over.
Pelle: Hey! These are my friends from America.
The outfits the villagers of Hårga wear during the celebrations are vyshyvankas, which is part of the Ukrainian and Belarusian national costumes, not the national or regional costumes of Sweden and Hälsingland.
The 171-minute director's cut restores nearly 24 minutes of additional scenes that were not included in the original cut. This version adds more graphic violence and extends many preexisting scenes. The biggest chunk of new footage added, as director Ari Aster acknowledges, is the subplot of Christian researching for his anthropology thesis. The newly added footage is as follows:
$6,560,030 7 July 2019