★★★★★ – The Irish Times
★★★★ – Entertainment.ie
In his follow-up to Listen Up Philip (2014), director Alex Ross Perry’s psychological drama evokes the
spirit of Bergman and Polanski in
its depiction of the unravelling of a fragile psyche. Following the death
of her father and the break-up of her relationship, Catherine (a mesmerising and fearlessly visceral performance by Elisabeth Moss), seeking respite, visits her best friend since childhood, Virginia (Katherine Waterston), at her secluded lake house.
However, Catherine’s mental state is exacerbated when the relationship between her and Virginia is oppugned, seething as it does with barely concealed hostility, and she bristles further at the constant presence of Rich (Patrick Fugit), Virginia’s smirking and insensitive new boyfriend.
Queen of Earth is an intriguingly oblique study of depression and co-dependency, and marks its director
as one of the more interesting voices in contemporary American cinema. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)
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