Queen of Earth

Queen of Earth ★★★★½

You are a rich spoiled brat. You grew up in a bubble, and when that bubble popped, you expected everybody to be around to feel sorry for you.

Ever since I first laid eyes on the preview for Alex Ross Perry's latest directorial effort, I have been vying at every turn to see what I was missing. Some friends hailed it as containing two of the greatest performances of the 21st century. The story alone was psychologically intriguing enough to me to warrant at least one viewing. While I can't say that it met all my expectations, I was amazed by the performances therein.

People say that if a friendship lasts longer than seven years, that friend is more likely to keep a strong connection with you for the rest of your lives. I have had many people in my life whom I would call friend, some even best friends, and I can't think of a single one yet that has managed to pass that milestone. I've found myself trying to reconnect with some of these friends, even attending all night parties like we used to, and I feel disconnected in some way. Something that was once keeping our friendship warm and alive has disappeared. They don't want to talk to me much, and I don't feel connected with them when I'm around. It's almost like I'm only there as filler or a warm body.

Virginia believes that a nice weekend with her childhood friend in a secluded cabin will help them reconnect- find the lost spark in their friendship, if you will. But, the longer they stay together, the more they realize their friendship is much more fractured than they imagined. Boyfriends get in the way of their good time, a crowded party brings one of them to tears in psychological panic. It's a devastating thought, to realize that the person you once felt so close and connected with is so distant and cold now. What happened to the good times? What happened to the parties? The conversations? The memories? Surely you can't be that disconnected. Or perhaps it's time to move on. Time to meet new people. People closer to your personal circle. People with the same interests and desires. Hanging onto the past gets you nowhere in life, as Catherine and Virginia's relationship shows.

I was pleasantly surprised to find how relatable this film was to me and my life. I felt the characters' personal pains, the shattering emotion of personal disconnection. The thought that you may never get to remain as close friends with your only remaining connection to your past can seem frightening, but at the same time, it's necessary. Cutting that old cord is something that helps you move on. It can seem devastating, but the pain helps you move forward. It pushes you into a brighter future, without the old baggage dragging behind you. Sure, this is a really, really over-dramatized depiction of that psychological breakdown, but it's a really fine one. Queen of Earth is one of the best films of the year that shouldn't be missed.

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