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Greta

"Isabelle Huppert goes for broke playing a disturbed lonely woman in the suspense thriller Greta. It falls into a genre we don’t see as much anymore, at least on this scale, echoing movies like Fatal Attraction, Misery, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Single White Female, etc. — all movies where the female lead starts out normally enough but eventually turns into a whack job. That happens in Greta too, but it veers from the formula in the sense that this is completely female-driven on the screen, with three strong roles including Huppert as the title character; Chloe Grace Moretz as Frances, a vulnerable young woman caught up in events beyond her control; and Maika Monroe as Frances’ skeptical roommate. In that sense it is the kind of thing that attracted big female stars in the ’60s to the likes of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? and What’s The Matter With Helen?

"Oscar-winning director-writer Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview With the Vampire) hasn’t really tackled this genre before but proves he has a real knack for it as Greta hits all the right beats you might expect, making it — so far at least — the best thriller of the year.

"Much of the reason revolves around Huppert’s deliciously over-the-top but on-target depiction of an older widow who lures young women to her home by intentionally losing her purse on the New York City subway. That is where, in the opening scene, Moretz’s Frances finds it. Returning it to Greta’s home, Greta invites her in for coffee thus starting a friendship that eventually careens out of control as Frances’ suspicions mount (for good reason) and the obsessive woman stalks her, showing up everywhere whether by text messages or at the restaurant where Frances works, where she goes ballistic.

"If you know the genre, you can imagine where this all leads. Truly terrifying." - Pete Hammond, Deadline Hollywood

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