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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.

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

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Ireland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In the film, Frances' friend's name is Erica. This is the same name as the character Isabelle Huppert plays in the 2001 psychosexual thriller, The Piano Teacher. 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

Alexa Hammond: [to Frances] I think there's something you need to know about Greta.
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So-so stalker drama features great performances from Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz
2 March 2019 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Greta" (2018 release; 98 min.) brings the story of Greta Hideg. As the movie opens, we see Greta walking away from the subway. Moments later, a young lady (we later learn she is Frances) finds a purse left behind in the subway. In the purse is a NYC ID card, and when Frances drops by Greta's to return the purse, Greta is overjoyed and invites her in for coffee. The two hit it off and Frances returns to help Greta pick out a dog at the animal shelter. Greta confesses to being very lonely. Then, Frances makes a startling discovery at Greta's house... At this point we are 15 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest from writer-director Neil Jordan, who won an Oscar for the screenplay of "The Crying Game" all those years ago. Here he brings us an unlikely, if not implausible, stalker drama (and more?). It is very clear from early on exactly how this all is going to play out, yet Jordan still felt it necessary to pepper the scenario with moments that just make you shake your head. Just one example: when the stalking is going full-scale, Frances is worried about running into Greta again. Wouldn't you know it: of the thousands of random subway stops and cars, Frances gets on and who's on that very same subway car? You guessed it, I mean, c'mon already! It's a darn shame as the lead performances from Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz are quite enjoyable, but they can only do so much with a script that is riddled with implausible moments and/or utterly predictable overall story lines.

"Greta" premiered at last Fall's Toronto International Film Festival, and it finally was released wide this weekend. The Friday early evening screening where I saw this at here in Cincinnati was attended poorly (6 people, including myself). I honestly can't see this movie lasting long in theaters.For that it is too uneven and frankly just so-so. But I did enjoy the performances from Isabelle Huppert (now 65 years young, if you can believe it) and Chloë Grace Moretz. If you are a fan of stalker movies and some such, I'd readily suggest you check this out, be it in the theater, on VOD or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.


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