There is hardly an actress who can unnerve with a wink and a smile so specifically as Isabelle Huppert, and it appears she’s about to take that magical ability next level. As the titular Greta, a seemingly charming and lonely woman (with a secret or twelve to hide), Huppert is poised to repay Frances McCullen’s (Chloë Grace Moretz) kindness with … well, I’ll let you get through the trailer before we discuss that.
It is her uncanny talent that Huppert can in one moment play a near-dull and dare I say, warm motherly-type; in the next, she’s sending chills shuddering down our spines (same as she did in Elle). Set against the über-innocence of Moretz’s Frances (never pick up an abandoned bag!), it’s hard not to root for Greta to show us every little speck of darkness hiding behind that haughty fake smile.
Directed and written (with Ray Wright) by the brilliant Neil Jordan (Byzantium, The Butcher Boy, The Crying Game, The Borgias), Greta also stars (The Crying Game’s) Stephen Rea, Maika Monroe, Colm Feore and Zawe Ashton, and opens in limited theaters today.