Ever since receiving much deserved awards attention, including Golden Globe and Oscar nominations in 2017, for her role as an assault survivor who refuses to play the role of victim in Paul Verhoeven‘s, “Elle” (which won both the Critics Choice Award and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film), French actress Isabelle Huppert has become increasingly well known to American audiences. The international star returns to the U.S. in a familiar genre, playing a maternal stalker plaguing a young grieving woman (Chloë Grace Moretz) in Neil Jordan’s twisty new thriller, “Greta,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2018 and is being released by Focus Features on the first day of March.
Huppert reveals her fiery command of the screen both in a similar and entirely different manner than she did in Verhoeven’s acclaimed, pulp picture and “Greta” should be the sort of genre vehicle that reinforces a reminder to American audiences why the acting legend is the icon that she is.
Here is the movie’s official synopsis:
A sweet, naïve young woman trying to make it on her own in New York City, Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) doesn’t think twice about returning the handbag she finds on the subway to its rightful owner. That owner is Greta (Isabelle Huppert), 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 from Academy Award®-winning director Neil Jordan.
Director Neil Jordan (“The Brave One,” “The Crying Game”), who also co-wrote the screenplay with Ray Wright, is no stranger to working in psychological suspense territory either. Additionally, the film was shot by diverse DP Seamus McGarvey, and also stars Maika Monroe, Colm Feore, and Stephen Rea.
Focus Features will open “Greta” on March 1, 2019.