Ari Aster’s “Midsommar” has one of the bleakest endings in cinematic history. The audience sees in clear detail, the tragic death of a young woman and her parents by murder/suicide. Dani (Florence Pugh), the young girl’s younger sister, begins the film in a deeply emotional agonizing mood, pain exacerbated by the terrible distance kept by her ex-boyfriend. Teacher. Christian (Jack Reynor). With no better ideas, Christian enticed Dani on a university research trip to a remote Midsommar festival – a day-long celebration of the summer solstice – in a remote part of Sweden. . Hallucinogens are consumed. Cultural misunderstanding begins. Death is witnessed. Let the bad times pass.
“Midsommar” talks a lot about despair. Dani is going through an intense dark period in her life, and her boyfriend can only become a hindrance to healing. Only by entering an unfamiliar, cult atmosphere – one that welcomes and embraces death – can Dani find dark wounds.
It’s pretty clear even at a glance that Aster was in an equally dark place in his life when he wrote “Midsommar,” a suspicion he confirmed in a 2019 interview. with Atlantic. During the interview, he revealed that “Midsommar” – at the end of the day, a breakup story – is very directly based on his emotional struggles after the breakup. He was exhausted. He felt like a complete idiot. And he ended up being very emotional when he wrote about it.
And, boy, it was a long discovery. The final theatrical release of “Midsommar” was 148 minutes long, but Aster’s first film was even heavier in both tone and duration.
Breaking up is a difficult thing to do
Aster emerges as an artist who believes in the inspiring power of suffering. The filmmaker isn’t merely going through a tough time after the breakup, he’s still deeply immersed in it as he puts pen to paper. In his view, crisis writing is perhaps the best – or at least the most sensible – form of therapy. Details of Aster’s actual breakup (and who he was with) are aptly kept secret during the Atlantic interview, but he’s pretty candid when it comes to diving into its dark moments. From the sound of it, Aster spent a lot of time going through the arguments in his head, a habit familiar to anyone who’s ever been through a bad breakup. He said Atlantic:
“I often find that writing comes to me most easily when I’m in a crisis. It becomes a tool to get me out of a crisis. Or at least navigate it. Otherwise, I’m just torturing myself. You always want to write a breakup movie when you’re breaking up, and every time I see it, I think, ‘I want to write about this, but I’m not inspired. I just want to die.’ And so this time I just happened to find my way in. You find yourself going through the wreckage, blaming yourself, blaming others, working through these things.”
There is a dark logic to this kind of masochistic incitement. If one is going to pick the scabs that don’t heal, one can also create artwork from it. As it turns out, this breakup creates a lot of art. “Midsommar” was originally cut as entertainment for the whole evening.
220 minutes of misery
Like all first drafts, Aster revealed that the first draft of “Midsommar” was repeated. However, on instinct, Aster continued to write until he felt he had said all that needed to be said. He will worry about editing and polishing later. That turned out to be a lot of editing and polishing, as the original draft was supposed to make for a 220-minute movie. In terms of context, 38 minutes longer than the 22 epic film cycle, culminating in “Avengers: Endgame”, released the same year. Aster said to Atlantic that:
“The first version of this script is twice as long and has more paragraphs, the kind that you would give any responsible reader to say, ‘You already said this.’ Then you shape it.The first cut of this movie is three hours and 40 minutes long; there are a lot of little unnecessary moments, but I would be happy to include it. I would say this, for to me, is how to make a good-bye and happy movie with the clichés and jokes inherent in two different genres, doing something at the same time absurd and nakedly vulnerable. .”
Aster was finally able to be more nakedly vulnerable in a theatrical release of “Midsommar” by the director later, which lasted 171 minutes (a version, he revealed in an interview about movies he likes). In June 2020, Aster revealed that his next movie – another breakup movie – will probably be 4 hours long and according to him will be a movie. “nightmare comedy.”
Saying what you’ll see about Aster as a filmmaker, he certainly has an environment in which he’d rather work. For those who are on the wavelength of “Midsommar’s” misery, his next film promises to really beg.
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