‘Queen of Earth’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss Has Maybe Lost Her Mind Just a Bit
Amid all the excitement for this year’s major blockbuster releases, you may not yet have heard of Queen of Earth, writer/director Alex Ross Perry’s follow-up to last year’s smart indie gem Listen Up, Philip. Elisabeth Moss reunites with Perry in his sophomore effort, which zags away from the biting, cynical wit of his first film in favor of an unnerving psycho-thriller.
Hopefully we’ll have an official U.S. trailer soon, but for now we have the French version (in English, with French subtitles), offering a jarring and slightly eerie preview for Perry’s new film, which generated quite a bit of buzz on the festival circuit this year. In the film, Moss plays Catherine, a woman coping with the recent loss of both her father (who passed away) and her boyfriend (who dumped her shortly after). As you can see in the trailer, she…is not coping very well.
There’s a sort of disquieting, loopy quality in the trailer, and though it’s presented as more of a thriller, I’ve been assured that it’s very much a weird, psychological drama rather than a conventional thriller. Queen of Earth looks as though it takes some influence from ‘70s-era Roman Polanski — films like Rosemary’s Baby and Repulsion — as well as Robert Altman’s 3 Women.
Catherine has entered a particularly dark period in her life: her father, a famous artist whose affairs she managed, has recently died, and on the heels of his death she’s dumped by her boyfriend James. Looking to recuperate, Catherine heads out to her best friend Virginia’s lake house for some much needed relaxation. However, once Catherine arrives relaxation proves impossible to find, as she is overcome with memories of time spent at the same house with James the year before. As Catherine reaches out to Virginia with attempts at connection, Virginia begins spending increasing amounts of time with a local love interest, Rich, and fissures in the relationship between the two women begin to appear, sending Catherine into a downward spiral of delusion and madness. A bracing, eerie look at the deep bonds of friendship and the horrific effects of such bonds being frayed, “Queen of Earth” is a thrilling examination of a deeply complex relationship between two miserable women.
IFC Films will release Queen of Earth in select theaters on August 25. As with their other offerings, you can probably expect to see the film hit VOD around the same time.