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Queen of Earth (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama , Thriller | 26 August 2015 (USA)
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Two women who grew up together discover they have drifted apart when they retreat to a lake house together.

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Alex Ross Perry

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Alex Ross Perry
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Complete credited cast:
Elisabeth Moss ... Catherine
Katherine Waterston ... Virginia
Patrick Fugit ... Rich
Kentucker Audley ... James
Keith Poulson ... Keith
Kate Lyn Sheil ... Michelle
Craig Butta ... Groundskeeper
Daniel April ... Warlock
Will Clark Will Clark ... Party Guest #1
Mia Heiligenstein Mia Heiligenstein ... Party Guest #2
Elisabeth Arndt Elisabeth Arndt ... Party Guest #3
Katherine Fleming Katherine Fleming ... Party Guest #4
Morgan Skrabalak Morgan Skrabalak ... Party Guest #5
Lily Garrison Lily Garrison ... Party Guest #6
Adam Piotrowicz Adam Piotrowicz ... Party Guest #7
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Two women go away together. One meets a man that distracts her from being there for her friend. The betrayed friend says, "One day you will need me, and then I won't be there for you." When they next go away together the roles are reversed, the threat becomes reality. But the two situations are not exactly the same - the man in the first scenario was benign, the man in the second scenario is toxic. That and other differences displace the parallel between the two events. Written by fetsiboomsticks

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Queen of Earth See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$11,360, 30 August 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$78,353, 20 September 2015
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1.78 : 1
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Clayton Castellanos and Andrew Pettit previously worked together on Listen Up Philip, another film that was written and directed by Alex Ross Perry. See more »

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Catherine: [to Rich] You fucking animal. You unrepentant piece of shit. You click your tongue and you revel in the affairs of others. You are worthless. You don't know anything about me. You show up to fuck my best friend, and you pry into the lives of others to conceal how worthless and boring your own life is. I don't deserve this. I just want to be left alone. I want to be left alone with the few people who are left in this world who are decent.
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We're Friends, Right?
25 August 2015 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Friendship doesn't just happen. It requires constant maintenance along with give and take from both sides. When a long time friendship between Catherine and Virginia devolves into a passive-aggressive game of emotional "tag, you're it", the result is an unusual psychological expose' on self-indulgence and grieving.

Writer/director Alex Ross Perry follows up his critically acclaimed LISTEN UP PHILIP with a glimpse into the complexities of friendship between two women who seem mostly clueless to both their world of privilege, and their not-so-subtle narcissism. Both Catherine and Virginia have experienced personal tragedies at different times, and their friendship has basically crumbled due to the responses of each woman towards the other.

A startling opening scene serves up a very emotional Elisabeth Moss (Catherine) as she and her boyfriend (Kentucker Audley) argue their way through an ugly break-up due to his infidelity on the heels of the suicide of Catherine's dad and mentor. The rest of the movie covers the week (each day marked by a scripted placard) that Catherine spends with her best friend at Virginia's (Katherine Waterston, Sam's daughter) family lake house. Flashbacks cover the previous year's visit under much different circumstances, but it's the intimate … and often quite uncomfortable … moments between the two women that provides the crux of the film.

Director Perry focuses a great deal of attention on the faces of Catherine and Virginia – many of these are extreme close-ups that leave thoughts unspoken, yet quite clear to the viewer. There are elements of 1970's schlock horror films … but not in a bad way. The music, atmosphere and camera angles have a certain retro feel, but the tension between the two friends is palpable and timeless.

Perry's script and the performances of Moss and Waterston tap into that nasty bit of human nature that makes us believe our problems are much worse than anyone else's. Building on that, the animosity felt when our friends aren't "there for us" in times of trauma, can lead to a dangerous slope that affects judgment and mental stability. Watching Catherine and Virginia go at it has elements of truth and dread.

Patrick Fugit appears in a few scenes as Virginia's neighbor, and his sole purpose seems to be to torment Catherine – at least that's how she sees it. The juxtaposition of the two visits (separated by one year) makes for some very interesting character observations, and helps us understand the delusions and bitterness. It's an interesting and stylish little film that doesn't so much entertain as spur introspection.


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