Set in 1918, the viewers is launched to Pearl as a younger girl residing on a Texas farm along with her German immigrant dad and mom, whereas her husband Howard is serving in World Conflict I. The influenza pandemic has paralyzed Pearl’s father, which suggests Pearl’s domineering mom Ruth (Tandi Wright) has ordered Pearl to handle him along with the farm. It is clear that Pearl feels suffocated by her environment, eager for a extra glamorous life like she’s seen within the films, and devastated that her husband has gone off to conflict simply as she was lastly going to depart the farm.
Pearl is lonely and as sexually annoyed as she is stifled by her normal existence, inspiring her to carry out questionable acts, like pleasuring herself on high of a scarecrow in the course of a corn discipline. It is clear that one thing is not fairly proper with Pearl, nevertheless it’s troublesome to not really feel empathetic towards her ache.
The whole lot adjustments for Pearl after she meets The Projectionist (David Corenswet), a so-called bohemian who works on the native theater and convinces Pearl that the 2 ought to journey to Europe and get within the enterprise of filming stag movies. Pearl sees this as her approach out of her oppressive circumstances, and can cease at nothing to see these goals realized. She begins mendacity, stealing, and breaking the principles set by her mom, whose overbearing presence is in direct battle with Pearl’s plans to depart. At some point, after being pushed to her restrict, Pearl lastly snaps and descends on a journey of homicide, mayhem, and a haunting monologue confession, culminating in a devastating ultimate second that lingers all through the top credit.