QUEEN OF EARTH
2015, IFC Films, 90 min, USA, Dir: Alex Ross Perry

Catherine (Elisabeth Moss) enters a dark period in her life after her father, a famous artist whose affairs she managed, dies and she is dumped by boyfriend James (Kentucker Audley). Catherine heads out to her best friend Virginia's (Katherine Waterston) lake house for some much-needed relaxation but is soon overcome with memories of time spent at the same house with James the year before. As Catherine reaches out to Virginia for support, Virginia begins spending increasing amounts of time with a local love interest, Rich (Patrick Fugit), and fissures in the relationship between the two women send 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.


SMOOTH TALK
1985, Janus Films, 92 min, UK/USA, Dir: Joyce Chopra

Fifteen-year-old Connie (Laura Dern) spends the summer before her sophomore year fixating on getting male attention. While her mother, Katherine (Mary Kay Place), nags her about painting the house and favors her older sister, Connie spends her days going to the mall with her friends. One day, while the rest of her family is having a barbeque, Connie is confronted at home by a handsome, dangerous stranger (Treat Williams) who has been watching her.


MOTHER (2009)
MADEO
2009, Magnolia Pictures, 129 min, South Korea, Dir: Bong Joon Ho

In a small South Korean town, an intellectually disabled man (Won Bin) follows a young woman (Moon Hee-ra) down an empty street at night; when the woman is found dead the next morning, authorities summarily charge him with the murder. Only the man’s mother (Kim Hye-ja), an unlicensed acupuncturist, is convinced of his innocence. As she pieces together the night of the murder and the cast of characters surrounding it, no measure seems too drastic to protect the son whose condition she has always lamented. Starkly shot and arrestingly unpredictable, MOTHER stretches parental love to its extremes, tempering violent passages with Bong’s characteristic flashes of humor.


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