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Greta (2018)

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A young woman befriends a lonely widow who's harboring a dark and deadly agenda toward her.

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Neil Jordan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Greta Hideg
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Frances McCullen
Maika Monroe ... Erica Penn
Jane Perry ... Animal Shelter Worker
Jeff Hiller ... Maitre D' Henri
Parker Sawyers ... Park Hill Manager
Brandon Lee Sears Brandon Lee Sears ... Flower Delivery Man
Arthur Lee ... Korean Couple
Rosa Escoda ... Korean Couple
Jessica Preddy ... Park Hill Bartender
Thaddeus Daniels ... Officer Deroy
Raven Dauda ... Officer Regan
Colm Feore ... Chris McCullen
Zawe Ashton ... Alexa Hammond
Nagisa Morimoto Nagisa Morimoto ... Park Hill Waitress
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Storyline

A young woman befriends a lonely widow who's harboring a dark and deadly agenda toward her.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Her Game has just Begun. See more »


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Rated R for some violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | USA

Language:

English | Hungarian | French | Korean

Release Date:

1 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Greta See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,481,910, 3 March 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,519,425, 4 April 2019
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The distribution rights for the film were bought at the Toronto International Film Festival by Focus Features for $6 million. See more »

Goofs

When Greta and Frances get in the cab, the medallion number on the license plate doesn't match the one on the top of the cab, which they have to in NYC. See more »

Quotes

Frances McCullen: [to Greta] I saw the bags, Greta, I never want to see you again.
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Climax/Greta (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor
Written by Franz Liszt
Performed by Earl Wild
Courtesy of Reader's Digest Music/The Orchard
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don't touch that purse
28 February 2019 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. "Don't touch anything on the subway." That should be a warning posted in all New York City tourist brochures. Recent NYC transplant Frances didn't get the memo. She not only picks up a "lost" handbag, but also wants to personally return it to the rightful owner - despite the counseling of her streetwise roommate. Oscar winning director Neil Jordan (THE CRYING GAME) co-wrote the screenplay with Ray Wright, and they blend in many elements ... not the least of which is making friends with someone you shouldn't.

Chloe Grace Moretz plays Frances as the good-hearted Boston-raised girl who is almost too innocent to believe, given the day and age we are in. When Frances returns the purse, she is greeted warmly and appreciatively by a kindly Greta (Isabelle Huppert). The two bond over their individual loneliness: Greta says her daughter lives abroad, and Frances' mother passed away about a year ago. It's easy to see how a friendship forms through a substitute mother-daughter gap-filling.

An accidental discovery by Frances sends her out the door, intent on cutting ties with Greta. What Frances soon learns is that Greta is a crafty psychopath of the highest order. It's at this point where filmmaker Jordan kicks in the twisted, dark humor and serves us a cheap-thrills ride via a full blown stalker movie. Greta is truly deranged and once Ms. Huppert cuts loose, we see how much fun she's having. She even plays a piano teacher, which is kind of funny since she was also the piano teacher in THE PIANO TEACHER (2001). She becomes my first and favorite Liszt loving psychopath, who likely isn't as technologically challenged as she makes out.

There are stylistic and story elements reminiscent of movies like FATAL ATTRACTION and SINGLE WHITE FEMALE, and Jordan's camera angles and lighting combine with Javier Navarrete's score to dish up some B-movie type comically dark moments. Maika Monroe (IT FOLLOWS) is terrific as Frances' roommate. She's the direct type who tells Frances that "this city will eat you alive", but is also extremely supportive and protective (and good at yoga).

Stephen Rea and Colm Feore appear in limited roles, but the fun you have here is directly related to how you buy into the Greta vs Frances web. It's rare to see an onscreen female predator, but neither Mr. Jordan nor Ms. Huppert round off any edges. We are reminded that being nice doesn't always pay off, but having friends certainly does. There is some creepy evil fun to be had, as well as a key life lesson: never trust a woman with too many purses.


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