“My friends say I’m like chewing gum. I tend to stick around.”
Those are the words 20-something Frances McCullen would later come to regret.
In the opening scenes of Greta, Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) finds an abandoned green handbag sitting on a New York subway carriage, on the way home from her waitressing job.
Inside the handbag is a packet of pills, a lipstick, and an ID card for a woman named Greta Hideg.
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Frances, who has only recently moved to the city from Boston, decides to return the handbag in person.
She arrives at the address listed on the card and Greta (Isabelle Huppert) answers the door. Greta is aged in her 60s, she has a French accent, and she seems only mildly surprised that a young woman would travel all the way to her apartment to return her handbag.
She immediately invites Frances in for a cup of coffee.
Greta’s apartment is cramped and worn. The focal point seems to be a large piano, which vibrates menacingly as a loud pounding sound comes from the wall behind it.
The eccentric piano teacher explains away the noise, telling Frances her neighbours are remodeling.
Over their hot cups of coffee, the unlikely pair strike up a friendship. Greta confides in Frances, telling her how lonely she's been since her only daughter moved to Paris.