Run time: 99 MINS
Director: Neil Jordan
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Isabelle Huppert, Maika Monroe, Colm Feore, Stephen Rea
Synopsis: A sweet, naïve young woman trying to make it on her own in New York City, Frances doesn’t think twice about returning the handbag she finds on the subway to its rightful owner. That owner is Greta, an eccentric French piano teacher with a love for classical music and an aching loneliness. Having recently lost her mother, Frances quickly grows closer to widowed Greta. The two become fast friends — but Greta’s maternal charms begin to dissolve and grow increasingly disturbing as Frances discovers that nothing in Greta’s life is what it seems.
In this suspense thriller, Academy Award®-winning director Neil Jordan [The Crying Game (1992), Michael Collins (1996), Breakfast on Pluto (2005)], casts the celebrated French actress, Isabelle Huppert [Elle (2016), The Piano Teacher (2001)] as Greta, a cultured, lonely French widow who lives in an intriguing cottage in Brooklyn and who starts a maternal friendship with a sweet, naive young bereaved woman, Frances [(Chloë Grace Moretz – Suspiria (2018), The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018).]
Huppert delivers a masterclass in psycho behaviour – cranking up to fever pitch the neurotic behaviour of the disturbed characters she portrayed in The Piano Teacher and Elle.
Sweet, naive young Frances doesn’t think twice about returning to its rightful owner the expensive green handbag she finds on the subway. But she soon finds it’s a case of no good deed goes unpunished, as far as Huppert is concerned.
Jordan – who co-wrote the screenplay with Ray Wright – delivers a crazy, over-the-top, black comedy suspense thriller with more than a touch of Grand Guignol.
What excels is the performances of the two leads, ably backed by a strong ensemble with brief appearances from Colm Feore [House of Cards (2016-2017)] and Stephen Rea [Black ’47 (2018), The Crying Game (1992)]
Atmospheric cinematography is provided by Seamus McGarvey [Atonement (2007)] with a suitably eerie score from Javier Navarrette [Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)]
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