What’s It About?
A young woman returns a handbag discovered on the subway to a lonely widow, but it turns out the widow is not what she seems.
Who’s In It?
Isabelle Huppert (I Heart Huckabees, Elle, The Romanoffs)
Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick Ass, Let Me In, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising)
Other notables include:
Maika Monroe (It Follows, The 5thWave, Independence Day: Resurgence)
Colm Feore (Chicago, Thor, House Of Cards)
Director: Neil Jordan (Mona Lisa, The Crying Game, Interview With The Vampire)
This latest film from Irishman Neil Jordan comes in the form of a fun, campy thriller. Clearly after seeing Isabelle Huppert in Elle, someone decided that she would make a wonderful stalker, and by god they were right. The film centres on young Bostonian Chloe Grace Moretz, who has moved down to New York, sharing a flat with a friend and seemingly living the life. The only thing is, she isn’t.
After her mum recently passed away, her relationship with her dad, who seemingly found it all too easy to move on, has deteriorated and she is a lonely girl in one of the busiest cities in the world.
And then one day she finds an abandoned handbag on the subway. As a caring non New Yorker, she decides to return it to the owner, who happens to be a charming yet lonely widow with a home in Brooklyn. The two strike up a friendship, with Isabelle Huppert fulfilling the maternal role, and Moretz the absent daughter. But as there friendship blossoms, Moretz then makes a chilling discovery about this lovely old lady, and all hell breaks loose.
Chloe Grace Moretz plays the role of lonely twenty something well enough, despite a limited script and characterisation, but in truth the film only really comes alive when Isabelle Huppert goes into overdrive in a number of highly charged hissy fits as a psychotic stalker – whether it is involving chewing game, or ballerina dancing in her living room, or making a complaint in a restaurant. Huppert is clearly having a great deal of fun, and it is difficult no to fall under her spell.
In A Nutshell:
A deliciously devilish performance from Huppert manages to elevate this light psychological thriller.
Isabelle Huppert’s hissy fits
The dialogue at times
The light script