Frances finds a handbag on the New York subway and promptly returns it to Greta, an eccentric French piano teacher who loves tea and classical music. Having recently lost her mother, young Frances strikes up a seemingly harmless friendship with the lonely and kindly widow who enjoys her company. But when Greta’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic and obsessive, Frances does whatever it takes to end the toxic relationship before things spirals out of control.
Greta is a very by the numbers flick. The familiar story elements are all present and you know exactly where the story is going to end up. There aren’t really any risks taken, and you’re not going to walk out blown away by it. But is it enjoyable? Yes. The main redeeming factor is the two leads. Both Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert are really outstanding. Huppert doesn’t get enough credit for how outstanding of an actress she is, as most of her work is in french film. Chloe Grace Moretz is also really good here, in probably her most physically demanding role to date. In the end what elevates this over just a pretty mediocre stalker flick is the outstanding two lead performances.