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Pearl (2022)
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Ti West
Mia Goth David Corenswet Tandi Wright
1h 43m
"Pearl" is a 2022 American horror film directed by Ti West and co-written by West and Mia Goth. The movie follows the story of Pearl, a young woman living on an isolated farm in 1918 Texas, who has a corrosive need to be seen at all costs. She aspires to become a movie star and is captivated by the films she sees at the local cinema. However, Pearl also shows signs of psychopathy and engages in violent acts. The film explores the frightening aspects of actors as they feed this need for attention. It delves into Pearl's love for performing and her desire to be seen as an entertainer, rather than her true self. Throughout the film, Pearl makes revelations that can be interpreted as actor/serial killer double-speak. The cinematography portrays the farm in glowing Technicolor, while the inside of the home is less luminous, highlighting Pearl's life of isolation and grave unhappiness. The movie also explores themes of repression and the Spanish Flu pandemic that took place during that time.