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WHO WROTE THE MIDSOMMARSCRIPT?

Written by Ari Aster

Ari Aster made his directorial debut just two years ago with his spine-tingling supernatural horror Hereditary (2018). He is also the writer and director of the infamous short film The Strange Thing About the Johnsons(2011), which circled the internet a few years back due to its disturbing take on a father-son relationship.

As a child, Aster recalls “[exhausting] the horror section of every video store [he] could find.” His fascination with the genre and passion for films led him to pick up screenwriting.

Honing in on his interests has really paid off. Midsommar is the second film Aster has written and directed for A24 over the span of one year.

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Midsommar BREAKDOWN

MIDSOMMAR SCREENPLAY Synopsis

Here is the story structure for the Midsommar screenplay:

Exposition

Dani is a 25-year-old college student whose relationship seems to be hanging on by a thread, in the midst of dealing with a bipolar sister.

Inciting Incident

Her paranoia surrounding her sister’s cryptic email is confirmed when she receives a call that her sister has taken her own life, along with the lives of their parents.

Plot Point One

Dani’s boyfriend, Christian, reluctantly invites her on the trip to Sweden he has planned with his friends and foreign exchange student, Pelle. Almost immediately, Dani finds herself having to beg Christian to stay by her side and go at her pace as they settle into their vacation.

Rising Action

Their relationship strains as Pelle introduces them and the rest of the group to the rather sadistic customs of his village during their midsummer festival. Christian responds to the customs with curiosity and fascination, whereas Dani remains on edge, disturbed, and skeptical of the reasons behind Pelle’s invitation.

Midpoint

Dani, along with an English couple, want to go home. While the couple seems to escape the rest of the customs, Pelle convinces Dani to stay.

Plot Point Two

Christian selfishly decides he wants to do his graduate thesis on Pelle’s people and their customs. The same topic his friend Josh has been working on since the beginning of the film. It becomes a battle royal of who can elicit the most information from the locals.

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Build Up

The rest of the group, with their eyes set on different activities during the festival, are picked off one-by-one by some of the villagers. Dani and Christian are the only two to participate in the remaining customs.

Climax

Dani is invited to join the May Queen competition where the women of the village compete to remain on their feet as they dance around a beautifully decorated pole, under the influence of psychedelics. Dani wins and is guided to help finish out the festivities.

Climax Part II

Also under the influence of psychedelics, Christian is coerced into performing a mating ritual with one of the young village girls, Maja. Dani catches him in the act.

Finale

Still, under the influence, Dani must choose a sacrifice to complete the midsummer festivities. She must choose between a now paralyzed Christian and a willing villager. She chooses Christian.

Denouement

As Christian is sacrificed and the village celebrates, Dani’s subtle smirk on her May Queen pedestal indicates she’s finally free of her worries and at home with her new family.

Midsommar Script Takeaway #1

Altering perspectives

One aspect that lends itself to the uneasiness of the film is its use of psychedelics. Aster does a great job straying away from the usual cheap cartoonish visual interpretations of the drug. Dani’s perception is slightly altered, the earth around her breathing, and (if you’ve seen the film) we get to see that from her perspective.

Read the scene here: notice how Aster gives us just enough visualization in the description but never loses sight of Dani's personal experience.

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Midsommar Script • Using Psychedelics • Read Full Scene

Aster strays away from having Dani see too many things, even though most people have an understanding that that is what psychedelics do to you. Instead, her anxiety and paranoia become more apparent through the dialogue she has with herself as she attempts to calm her nerves.

(Video) Midsommar (2019) Ending Scene [4K ULTRA HD]

Midsommar • Dani's Hallucination Trip

Psychedelics aren’t used again until much later in the film. The difference being that it’s encouraged by the villagers as a part of the rituals. But from its initial use, it does make you question how Dani’s “bad trip” influences her thoughts and actions leading up to the climax.

Despite the hallucinogenic imagery in the background, Ari Aster also using blocking and staging to keep the tension constant. Watch this breakdown of how Aster activates the background to tell a multi-layered story and add unsettling questions that go unanswered.

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Midsommar Script Takeaway #2

Characters inMidsommar

There are a lot of characters to keep track of throughout the script, as this is set in an entire village of people who all play a role in the festivities. But it does cause an issue when trying to find a rooting interest. In the beginning of the film, we feel bad for Dani because of her loss, but that is quickly forgotten by the time we get to Sweden.

It isn’t until over half-way through the script that it becomes apparent Dani is being dragged along by Christian’s self-centeredness and that she is a victim of emotional abuse. Here's the scene in theMidsommar screenplay in which Dani and Christian's relationship takes a turn.

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Midsommar Screenplay • Christian and Dani Argument • Read Full Scene

Pelle on the other hand, essentially the group’s antagonist, is written very well. He’s in his homeland on his playing field, and they have no option but to trust him. Especially when they don’t speak the language. So when it’s apparent that he’s not a good guy, his interactions with Dani come across much more sinister.

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In various scenes, Pelle is able to work on Dani's emotionally fragile state. Like Christian, he is able to manipulate Dani to bend her to his will. Sometimes, villains don't have to lift a finger to enact their cruelty.

Midsommar Script Takeaway #3

Explaining the Midsommarending

Those who are a bit more expressive will understand how the ending of the Midsommarscript, composed mostly of Dani’s facial expressions, translates very well on screen. It answers the big question at the end, why does Dani choose Christian?

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Midsommar Ending • Dani's Final Choice • Read Full Scene

In part, it’s a twist on the phrase“if you can’t beat them join them.” But Dani is never trying to beat anyone, instead, she is dragged to a foreign land, with no way home, by a romantic partner who has made it apparent on several occasions that he doesn’t care about her.

She also has no family to go back to, and if in those final moments she’s come to the conclusion that Christian isn’t the one for her, why not assimilate to the environment she now finds herself in?

Midsommar • Dani's Assimilation

The seclusion of the village, the disorienting nature of psychedelics in a village that never sees nightfall, along with the odd customs and rituals, shows that you don’t always need a dark and ominous atmosphere to produce a well-thought-out horror film.

In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if Aster’s take on horror becomes a genre entirely of its own.

(Video) Midsommar's Audiovisual Tricks

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FAQs

What does Dani see in the keyhole? ›

Dani returns to the village just as Christian is carrying out his mandate under extreme duress. She catches sight of the ritual through the temple's keyhole: Middle-aged naked women are writhing and singing around her boyfriend mid-coitus.

What did Dani see in the barn in Midsommar? ›

And while yes, by the Midsommar ending Dani's boyfriend Christian is being burned alive in a ritualistic barn, literally inside the carcass of a bear, alongside the mutilated corpses of their friends, Dani has found a sense of community.

What was the message of Midsommar? ›

Midsommar is essentially a two and a half hour study of one woman's emotional journey towards emancipation from a toxic relationship. Like director Ari Aster's first film, Hereditary, it's a dark drama disguised as a terror flick. Unlike Hereditary, it has a happy ending.

What happens to Dani at the end of Midsommar? ›

As one of the final dancers, Dani starts to talk and understand Swedish in her buzzed state. Then the other final two run into each other, leaving Dani as the last one standing. Dani is crowned as the festival's “May Queen” just as Christian is given drugs as well and takes part in the sex ritual with Maja.

Is Pelle evil in Midsommar? ›

Type of Villain

Pelle is the main antagonist of the 2019 psychological horror film Midsommar. He is from Halsingland, Sweden and a member of The Hårga.

Why is there a bear in Midsommar? ›

In an interview following Midsommar's release, Aster remarked that he chose to use the bear the way he did because the animal is an important figure in Norse and Scandinavian folklore, making its appearance appropriate for a ritual performed by the Swedish Harga cult.

Who was wearing Marks skin in Midsommar? ›

“When Josh sneaks away to photograph pictures of the 'Rubi Radr' holy book, he thinks that he sees Mark standing in the doorway of the temple; it is in fact Ulf (the man who screamed at Mark for urinating on the ancestral tree) wearing Mark's skin.

Why did Dani smile at the end? ›

As a result, when Dani smiles in the last shot, the audience is supposed to feel happy for her that she is now an important member of this group, is free of her boyfriend, and has a new family.

Who were the nine sacrifices in Midsommar? ›

The nine human sacrifices

Four of their own will be sacrificed alongside four outsiders - Mark, Simon, Connie and Josh - and one selected by the May Queen, Dani. The twist is Dani has to choose between a randomly selected Harga (they use a rune style bingo machine) or Christian.

What age is Maja in Midsommar? ›

Dawson Casting: It's said that Maja has just turned the legal age (the slang word "byxmyndig" is used, meaning "old enough to consent to sex"), which would make her fifteen. Her actress Isabelle Grill was twenty.

Is Midsommar a true story? ›

Ari Aster's Midsommar is partially based on a real-life Swedish festival, but the customs don't involve the same violence and pagan cult activities on show in the horror movie.

Why is it called Midsommar? ›

Midsommar is basically Swedish for midsummer, which the Swedes and other Northern Europeans observe as a holiday for the Summer solstice. Depending on who you ask, Midsommar, usually celebrated between the third and fourth week of June, isn't even in the middle of Summer — it's the first day that Summer begins.

What mental illness does Dani have in Midsommar? ›

A potentially traumatic event death of Dani's parents and sister drastically transforms Dani, leaving her psychologically traumatized. Later on, Dani develops posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an anxiety disorder caused by this distressing event.

Was Dani meant to be May Queen? ›

Ari Aster's 2019 folk horror film Midsommar features a plethora of foreshadowing that reveals that Dani was destined to become the May Queen. Ari Aster's 2019 folk horror film Midsommar ends with the crowning of Dani as the May Queen, but throughout its entirety it foreshadowed that she it was her destiny all along.

Why did the girl in Midsommar smile at the end? ›

But is it? After all, what she's smiling at is death—the sight of her own boyfriend (and eight others) being engulfed in flames. The grisly finale feels like a moment of triumph for this character who's spent the whole film enduring emotional torment.

What was Pelle drawing in the beginning of Midsommar? ›

Pelle Is The Oracle

When Josh receives an explanation of the Oracle, a product of inbreeding, the elder says they have "unclouded intuition." One of the comments on the thread, posted by user u/hobbessss, added that Pelle draws pictures of the feasting table that Dani and co.

Is Midsommar every 90 years? ›

"The last ritual of the film is what happens every 90 years," Aster explained. "The rest is business as usual. Although it is suggested that there are more days of celebration to come. The movie doesn't span 9 days."

What did Pelle do in Midsommar? ›

Pelle is one of three men who were sent to various locations to bring back a group of people that would be used as sacrifices with one lucky individual destined to become the May Queen. The other two are Ingemar and Ulf, who volunteered to be sacrificed alongside their companions.

Why are there so many mirrors in Midsommar? ›

The film deals a lot with the nature of reality and being able to 'truly see' the world around us. It seems that Aster uses mirrors as a way to reveal reflections, not of the characters themselves, but their inner thoughts and fears.

What is the yellow drink in Midsommar? ›

When Dani seems reluctant to join in, Pelle offers her "mushroom tea" which we can probably assume is the same stuff that the community imbibes when they drink before the May Queen ceremony.

Why are they screaming at the end of Midsommar? ›

Dani has just seen her boyfriend (Jack Reynor) having sex with another woman from the commune, and it causes all her pent-up rage and grief to come pouring out of her. The other women reflect her emotions back at her by screaming and crying as well.

What mental illness does Dani have in Midsommar? ›

A potentially traumatic event death of Dani's parents and sister drastically transforms Dani, leaving her psychologically traumatized. Later on, Dani develops posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an anxiety disorder caused by this distressing event.

What did Dani suffer from Midsommar? ›

Dani Suffers from Mental Illness in Midsommar

Her sister, Terri, suffered from bipolar disorder. Once Dani receives an ominous email from her sister and is clearly distressed, Dani takes medication to help calm her down.

Was Dani meant to be May Queen? ›

Ari Aster's 2019 folk horror film Midsommar features a plethora of foreshadowing that reveals that Dani was destined to become the May Queen. Ari Aster's 2019 folk horror film Midsommar ends with the crowning of Dani as the May Queen, but throughout its entirety it foreshadowed that she it was her destiny all along.

What was Pelle drawing in Midsommar? ›

One of the comments on the thread, posted by user u/hobbessss, added that Pelle draws pictures of the feasting table that Dani and co. eat at in Hårga. The Oracle foresees events through images, so it's pretty strong evidence that Pelle was prophesying before they all went to Sweden.

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