The latest film by Neil Jordan, in which the director of The Crying Game and Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, once again fuses passion with horror. He does so this time in portraying a dangerous relationship between a young New York waitress (Chloë Grace Moretz) and a mysterious widow named Greta (Isabelle Huppert). They meet when the girl finds a handbag in the subway and then locates its owner. That’s how Greta—who embraces the girl in an almost motherly sort of way—appears in her life. But what if the purse was just the bait, and the widow’s intentions are not innocent at all? As befits a psychological thriller, the plot thickens. While Greta keeps us in suspense, it also has a touch of humor, thanks especially to the self-deprecating performance of Huppert, who plays with her image as a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. We see this star of European cinema—and the sleek cinematography of Seamus McGarvey (Nocturnal Animals and Atonement)—on the streets of New York this time, and we even get to hear her speak Hungarian.
Dublin IFF 2019 – Best Irish Film
Born in 1950, Neil Jordan is a director, screenwriter and writer and one of the most important directors in Irish cinema. His films have been big events ever since his debut, Angel (1982), in which he brought Stephen Rea to the big screen. The Crying Game (1992) won an Oscar for best screenplay, and The End of the Affair (1999) took home a BAFTA. Jordan also won a Golden Lion in Venice for Michael Collins (1996) and a Silver Bear in Berlin for The Butcher Boy.
1982 Anioł / Angel
1984 Towarzystwo wilków / The Company of Wolves
1992 Gra pozorów / The Crying Game
1994 Wywiad z wampirem / Interview with the Vampire
1996 Michael Collins
2005 Śniadanie na Plutonie / Breakfast on Pluto