SINGAPORE – In the horror movie Midsommar, a group of Americans travel to Sweden to take part in a midsummer festival taking place in an isolated commune that is the last holdout of Nordic pagan beliefs.

Bad things happen, as they do in horror movies. But writer-director Ari Aster says it would be a mistake to think of his film as just a creepy-commune-versus-innocent-outsider conflict.

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