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Catherine and Virginia are two friends who were very close growing and have continued to meet each summer at Virginia’s parent’s lake house. As the years have passed the two women have grown apart until one year their relationship reaches breaking point...
Queen of Earth (2015. 1 hr, 29 min, 43 sec) is an indie psychological thriller directed by Alex Ross Perry. The film lays somewhere between an arthouse and commercial movie, so will probably not be to everybody’s taste. The film moves between various time frames, though the actual movie was filmed in the same order that the audience experiences them.
The film tracks Catherine’s (Elisabeth Moss) decent into madness. When we first see her, in the opening shot of the film, we witness a close up of Catherine’s tear streaked face, her distress written on every pore. Moss holds nothing back and obviously had little issue with her looking so broken. We discover that she has to deal with the recent death of her father as well as her partner informing her that he was going to leave their relationship.
If Catherine is trying to heal her wounds, then Virginia’s (Katherine Waterston) joy is to dig around, keeping the wounds alive and raw. There are only seven speaking roles in the film so the whole thing relies on the two main actresses to deliver in their roles. As the film progresses we see the crack in the pairs relationship, how they have often reversed roles, but even then they both appear to be playing a cruel game, the rules of which have been long lost in the past.
The disc has a number of extras, including a Full length commentary with Alex Ross Perry and producer/actress Elisabeth Moss, well worth a listen for an informative discussion about the film. You also get Behind the Scenes (7 min, 12 sec) which shows how one single shot was completed and the theatrical Trailer (1 min, 19 sec).
Perry’s work continues to progress and this is probably his most approachable work to date. It's not an easy ride but it is an interesting one.
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