Midsommar

Midsommar

Solstice D'été

DVD - 2019
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A young woman reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip to a Swedish festival where things quickly go awry.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Elevation Pictures, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
Branch Call Number: MIDSO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (147 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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shaneprimrose1
Nov 14, 2019

This movie definitely delivered as promised; unnerving and disturbing! A masterpiece of horror sure to be a cult classic. Anyone who can create a horror movie that happens in broad daylight is a genius in my opinion. I also love how you first become caught up in the story of the main characters when really the main plot is unfolding before your eyes the whole time. Also the artistic use of imagery foreshadowing all the events that are about to happen is very clever.
You kind of have to watch it twice to understand all the clever details in this movie. This is a movie that you will not soon forget, unlike most other mundane movies that you can’t even remember watching. That makes this one all worth the while!

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mamabadger56
Nov 14, 2019

A lot of people were taken by this movie, but I have to say it left me cold. It's visually very impressive, with a lot of attention given to the look and sound; and it's an interesting and unusual concept for a horror film. However, the story seemed to be forced and implausible, the horror elements pulled out of thin air, and it dragged on tediously when it wasn't giving us brief scenes of shock-value gore or contrived weirdness. The most entertaining part was the odd little 'bear in a cage' fake merchandising ad in the Bonus section.

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benjithegreat
Nov 06, 2019

Man, I gotta say, I'm normally not into horror/gore/scary-type movies, but I thought this one looked kinda interesting. I thought that the initial concept might hold. I love the idea of a scary movie in a beautiful 24hour paradise of flowers and rolling hills, etc. Sounds like it could be pretty cool. Unique. I was thinking along the lines of A Quiet Place, which overall, I thought was great! It was a clever twist that made it a unique viewing.
And there are times in the movie, where it seems to show that it is a smart, clever movie, with some pretty decent acting. Then is knocks all that down and goes "Nope". This is a seriously F**ked up movie. Even before they go to the place where all the scary stuff happens, it's super messed up. An even happens that was waaay more graphic and excessive than it needed to be. And then they go to the Swedish meadow, etc, and it pretty much jumps right into overkill nastiness. Multiple times in this movie, I thought "okay, you could have stopped this 3 minutes ago and made your point", but they just keep tossing the guts and gore at you left and right, without a real strong reason. It could have been cool if they kept it somewhat believable and that would have gone a long way for us foreigners. "Does this kind of $#!+ really happen here?" But it goes so far beyond a possibility, and into just buckets of goo and jacked sensibility, and just plain ruins it. I made it to the end of the movie, but just barely. I give it two stars instead of 1, because it truly is a beautiful movie, cinematically and it is a clever concept. I really wanted to like this movie. It could have been great, but in the end, it's just a big, dumb gorefest.

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PeaceFinger
Nov 04, 2019

VERDI, VERDI, VERDI, NEGLIGENT ONE-FOOT-OUT-THE-DOOR BOYFRIEND IN BEAR SUIT & FRIENDS IN THE POT
or LIFETIME & ELI ROTH FIGHT OVER WHO PRESENTS EAT, PRAY TO PAGAN GODS, LOVE THE SMELL OF ROASTING FLESH...
SPOILER
So you're in a relationship without a "physical" aspect for about a year. So your sister is wildly unbalanced and still has keys to your parent's home. So you're not the picture of stability yourself...
Forget all that in our pastoral festival of renewal at Camp Kevorkian here in Sweden as we
end your stay with our LARP the BLIND MELON "NO RAIN" video with a
YOU-DON'T-TELL-BURNING-MAN-WE-WON'T-TELL-BURNING-MAN finale.
I just saved you two & a half tedious hours.
BUT, it does answer the question; does a thesis candidate [expletive] in the woods....

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jimg2000
Nov 02, 2019

An ancient cult festival that is celebrated every ninety years. Savage activities but plausible traditions/rituals back in the days of the Mayans, Abraham, Aztecs and Vikings (Denmark, Norway and Sweden.) The bear connection took awhile to unfold and quite an unexpected symbolical ritual.

I no longer regret declining Leanders Leander's invitation to visit his home in Sweden. Whew!!

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David Salsbery
Oct 31, 2019

Save yourself the time. Movie had a "Wickerman" style.

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SarahTink
Oct 30, 2019

Not to be one of those "anyone who doesn't like this movie just doesn't GET it!" people, but I love this film. This is a horror story about codependence and it manages to toe the line between stick-to-your-bones horrifying and drag-you-up-out-of-the-mud-wait-no-this-is-wrong-this-is-WRONG cathartic. I've thought about this movie for DAYS after watching it. Florence Pugh is honestly an acting powerhouse throughout the movie, and lord knows I love me some horror that expresses the inherent trauma of being a woman. I'm STILL haunted by the question, "Do you feel held by him? Does he feel like home to you?"

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hammer59
Oct 30, 2019

This film was unsettling but engrossing. The story line, the scenery, the shocking portrayal of a mysterious albeit savage pagan cult....this director/writer is impressive.

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SAPL454
Oct 28, 2019

MRI

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A very terrifying Swedish thrilling episode that overtakes a group of tourists seeking solace.

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jimg2000
Nov 02, 2019

The prep - Kool-Aid:

What does it do?
-Oh, um... It, uh... It breaks down your defenses and opens you for the influence.
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Here. Here, smell this.
-What is it?
It calms you down.
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Are you not disturbed by what we just saw?
-Yeah, of course I am. That was really, really shocking. I'm trying to keep an open mind though. That's cultural, you know? We stick our elders in nursing homes. I'm sure they find that disturbing.
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Welcome to Harga, and happy midsummer! It has been 90 years since our last great feast and it will be 90 years before our next. And what poetry that it's now the hottest and brightest summer on record. We already have so much to give back and so, without any further blathering, let's raise our glasses. Let our Nine-Day feast commence.
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As Harga takes, so Harga also gives.
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Now, it's traditional for the May Queen to bless our crops and livestock. And after the luck you just inherited from that salt herring,

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jimg2000
Nov 02, 2019

I'm doing my research on European midsummer traditions, these guys are just tagging along.
-Mr. Pelle's invited us to an authentic hippie midsummer at his yodeling farm.
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Yeah, it's sort of a crazy nine-day festival my family's doing. Lots of pageantry... Uh-huh. ...special ceremonies, and dressing up.
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Why 36?
-Well, we think of life like the seasons. So you're a child until you're 18 and that's Spring. And then at some point, we all do our Pilgrimage which is between 18 and 36. That's Summer, and then from 36 to 54, we're working age, which is Fall. And then finally from 54 to 72 you become a mentor.
-What happens at 72?
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Oh, my God, the women here. What is it that makes them hotter?
-The Vikings grabbed all the best babes from other countries and dragged them over.
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Not a lot of privacy.
-Yeah, what do you do when you need to jerk off?

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Ace4aDay
Oct 20, 2019

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