Greta: everything you need to know about the film with Isabelle Huppert
What effects can mourning really cause in the human mind? It is in an attempt to answer this question that the director Neil Jordan he made the 2018 film Gretaalso writing it together with Ray Wright. Movie director like The soldier’s wife (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay) e Interview with the vampireJordan has applied this theme and this research to a psychological thriller inspired by some similar titles from the 1980s, thus aiming to reconstruct their atmosphere of danger and continuous degeneration.
The script for the film was initially titled The Widowthat is to say The widow, emphasizing the film’s themes of loss, loneliness and isolation. These are relatable emotions that everyone has all experienced to some degree, but in Jordan’s hands, they’ve become a grotesque portrayal of what can happen when kindness satisfies pure narcissistic need. Greta it is therefore a thriller that reveals itself slowly, which offers clues but without ever preparing the viewer enough for what will follow, resulting unpredictable and full of twists until the end.
In addition to this, Greta is a film enriched by the interpretations of well-known actresses, including Isabelle Huppert, star of French cinema but of international renown. For lovers of the genre, therefore, it is a title absolutely to be recovered. Before embarking on a vision of the film, however, it will certainly be useful to delve into some of the main curiosities related to it. Continuing here in the reading it will in fact be possible to find further details relating to the plotto the cast of actors and to explanation of the ending. Finally, the main ones will also be listed streaming platforms containing the film in their catalogue.
The plot and the cast of Greta
The film tells the story of the young woman Frances, who, tried by the death of her mother and with an uninspiring job, realizes that life in New York is not what she dreamed of. Having fallen into profound loneliness and financial difficulties, one day the girl finds a bag on a subway seat and, instead of stealing it, she decides to track down the owner. The handbag belongs to Greta, a wealthy lonely widow who spends her days playing the piano in her extravagant Brooklyn home. A strong bond is immediately established between the two women and in a short time their acquaintance turns into a morbid friendship, which will have rather dangerous and disturbing implications for Frances.
Playing the role of Greta Hideg is the Oscar-nominated French actress Isabelle Huppert. The interpreter, among the most awarded in the history of cinema, is known in particular for films such as, just to name a few, The pianist, The dark in the mind, Family secrets And Elle. Next to her, in the role of young Frances there is instead Chloe Grace Moretzwho became famous for playing Hit-Girl in the movies Kick-Ass And Kick Ass 2. They then star in the film too Maika Monroenote for the film It Followsas Erica Penn Colm Feore (now known as Reginald Hargreeves in the series The Umbrella Academy) into those of Chris McCullen e Stephen Reah as Brian Cody.
Greta is it a true story? Here is the ending of the film
Contrary to some theories that have emerged on the Internet, Greta it is not based on any true story, although it is inspired by some kidnapping cases. This is because, from a certain point on, the film increasingly acquires the connotations of a psychological thriller starting from the moment in which Greta kidnaps Frances. This is explained by the madness of the woman, disturbed by the suicide of her daughter which took place years before her and now looking for a replacement for her to be able to mother. Frances, who recently lost her parent, turns out to be the perfect prey for her. After having kidnapped her, she therefore leads her to an isolated villa, where she begins to give her piano lessons and various maternal teachings in general.
However, the disappearance of the young woman does not go unnoticed and soon both her father and her roommate and friend Erica will start looking for her. It will be the latter who finds her, managing to free her using a ruse thanks to which she temporarily manages to drug Greta. Before leaving the house, the two girls lock her in a trunk. The last image of the film, however, shows us the bolt of this starting to move, suggesting that Greta will be able to get rid of her to return to the attack against Frances. In this regard, the director said that it is the perfect ending to tell the unstoppable madness that can characterize apparently normal people.
The trailer of Greta and where to watch the film in streaming and on TV
Unfortunately, Greta it is not currently available on any of the streaming platforms currently active in Italy. However, since the film is present, in absolute premiere, in the television schedule of Thursday 25 May at 21:20 On the canal Rai 2it will be possible to see it for a limited period of time also on the free platform Rai Play. Just access it, search for the title and restart its reproduction.