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Mia Goth as Pearl.A bloodthirsty young woman who cuts down her victims with an axe and feeds one to an alligator is the female icon Gen Z didn’t know it wanted. Soon after the release last month of Pearl, Gen Z fans dubbed it the “women’s Joker,” referring to Joaquin Phoenix’s 2019 portrayal of the Batman villain as an alienated and frustrated man pushed into nihilistic violence by a hypocritical society. In Pearl, girls seem to have found their antihero, who, pushed beyond desperation, relentlessly swings back at the people and society that keep her repressed and confined to a life of narrowly defined prospects.Pearl is director Ti West’s prequel to his movie X, which premiered at this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin. X follows a group…

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