Directed by Neil Jordan. United States. 2019. R. 1 hour 38 minutes. Focus Features. Digital.
Fri., March 1, 2019 thru Thu., March 14, 2019
Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) finds a handbag on the New York subway and promptly returns it to Greta (Isabelle Huppert), an eccentric French piano teacher who loves tea and classical music. Having recently lost her mother, young Frances strikes up a seemingly harmless friendship with the lonely and kindly widow who enjoys her company. But when Greta’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic and obsessive, Frances does whatever it takes to end the toxic relationship before things spirals out of control. Directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, The Company of Wolves), Greta co-stars Colm Feore and Stephen Rea.
“The filmmaker’s expressively cockeyed impulses soon take over (he’s ably assisted by the terrific cinematographer Seamus McGarvey), and the resulting craziness is quite delightful to behold in the moment and to reflect on after.” Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter
“Director Jordan’s deft control of pace and tone elevates Greta past mere gimmickry, resulting in a comic thriller whose goofy humor only compounds its mastery of suspense.” Jake Cole, Slant