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Dani has just lost her parents and sister to a murder-suicide, and her relationship with her boyfriend Christian is on the brink of collapse. Christian and his friends, all of whom are working on their Ph.D. research, are going to Sweden to visit a family summer solstice celebration. Dani invites herself to join them. They arrive at the village in the land where the summer sun does not set, and after a magic mushroom trip among the young American visitors, things very slowly begin to turn creepy. I was fascinated and engrossed in this film. The director, who also created the film “Hereditary”, has crafted something much more interesting here. With the exception of one scene, everything happens in the bright sunlight – there is no spooky darkness with creepy things lurking in the shadows. The horror of what is going on develops very slowly. It actually felt a bit too long for me in the beginning, but this is a film where patience pays off. There are sacrifices that can almost be explained from a cultural point of view; the visitors begin to slowly disappear while the seemingly happy Swedish family members celebrate. It feels more cultish than horror, but as the film progresses, the horror what is going on is revealed. I also really loved the end. Thumbs up from me for a movie that I think is much more innovative than Hereditary and benefits from some really interesting camera and lighting work. I am not sure that horror movie fans will all appreciate this, as it is rather untraditional in its approach and setting, but those who want to experiment with something unique should check it out.

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