Elisabeth Moss—today, an Emmy nominee for “Mad Men”—gives a batshit crazy performance as a frittering would-be artist, in post-breakup mode, who loses her mind while retreating lakeside with her bitterly supportive best friend (Katherine Waterston). Think “Persona” by way of “Repulsion,” but with salad instead of the rabbit.
Perry, who was recently tapped to write a live action “Winnie the Pooh” remake for Disney, previously wrote and directed “Impolex,” “The Color Wheel” and “Listen Up Philip,” which also starred a marvelous Moss. Creepy and emotionally graphic, “Queen of Earth” fits comfortably into the hysterical woman canon with the likes of Bergman’s “Persona,” Polanski’s “Repulsion,” Altman’s “Images” and, yes, Allen’s “Interiors.” Throughout the film, Moss impressively exhibits “Woman Under the Influence” levels of insanity.
A 2015 Berlinale premiere, the film also stars Patrick Fugit, Kate Lyn Sheil, Kentucker Audley and Keith Poulson, and was produced by Perry, Moss, Adam Piotrowicz and Joe Swanberg. Watch the international trailer below.