Debuting at the Berlin International Film Festival this weekend, “Queen Of Earth” stars Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) and Katherine Waterston (“Inherent Vice”) as two old friends whose retreat to a beach house exposes just how far they have drifted apart. The movie co-stars Patrick Fugit, Kentucker Audley, Kate Lyn Sheil and Craig Butta, and we’ll just say it’s likely nothing that you expected. Here’s the official synopsis:
Catherine (Elisabeth Moss) 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 (Kentucker Audley). Looking to recuperate, Catherine heads out to her best friend Virginia’s (Katherine Waterston) 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 (Patrick Fugit), 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.
Also, look for some interesting nods to Perry’s previous films in the movie. “Queen Of Earth” debuts on Saturday at the Berlinale, so watch for our review then. In the meantime, here’s an exclusive, claustrophobic shot of Waterston in the film.