R | | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A couple travels to Scandinavia to visit a rural hometown's fabled Swedish 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.
Most of the Swedish dialogue spoken by the Hårga natives is deliberately not subtitled, in order to create the sense of isolation for the audience and especially for the foreign visitors.
So we just gonna ignore the bear then?
Ingemar: It's a bear.
For the whole mating ritual thing they do, the whole purpose is to have the highest success in pregnancy, but if the girl just had her period the other day (to put the blood in the drink) then she wouldn't be ovulating yet. So the chances of pregnancy wouldn't be that high.
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:
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