THREE FILMS BY ARI ASTER
Coinciding with the release of his bizarre new Joaquin Phoenix starring fever dream Beau Is Afraid, we are delighted to present the three feature-length films of one of the most interesting filmmakers working today. Ari Aster is living rent-free in our mind after his unsettling, thrilling features Hereditary and Midsommar.
Aster’s films explore a range of thematic concerns, from the role of grief and trauma in shaping our lives to the tension between tradition and modernity. Aster’s films also explore the nature of relationships, particularly those between family members and romantic partners. In Hereditary, for example, the strained relationship between a mother and daughter forms the emotional core of the film, while in Midsommar, the protagonist’s failing relationship with her boyfriend is the catalyst for her journey of self-discovery.
Overall, Aster’s films are notable for their willingness to tackle big questions and explore complex, often uncomfortable, themes. Through his unique visual style and talent for storytelling, Aster creates films that are both intellectually stimulating and emotionally resonant, leaving a lasting impression on audiences long after the credits roll.