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Ari Aster calls his new movie 'Beau Is Afraid' a 'Jewish Lord of the Rings'


April 28, 2023

Joaquin Phoenix in an animated sequence in the "Beau Is Afraid" trailer.

(JTA) - "It's like a Jewish 'Lord of the Rings,' but he's just going to his mom's house."

That's how director Ari Aster, known for his acclaimed horror movies "Hereditary" and "Midsommar," described his new film, "Beau Is Afraid," in a behind-the-scenes video released on Wednesday.

Aster, who works with A24, the same studio behind this year's Oscars darling "Everything Everywhere All at Once," said in a 2018 interview that he is a "proud Jew" who "doesn't practice very actively," and his previous films have not contained any Jewish content.

But he also said in the 2018 interview with the Je...

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