The Cannes Film Market is underway and there are a ton of really high-profile projects being shopped around. One that was highly sought-after ever since its announcement last year was the psychological thriller Mother’s Instinct, starring Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. NEON, the studio behind Parasite, has acquired the film led by the pair of Oscar winners.
Here’s the synopsis for Mother’s Instinct:
“Set in the early ‘60s, it follows best friends and neighbors Alice (Chastain) and Celine (Hathaway), who live an idyllic traditional lifestyle with manicured lawns, successful husbands and sons of the same age. Life’s perfect harmony is suddenly shattered after a tragic accident. Guilt, suspicion and paranoia combine to unravel their sisterly bond, and a psychological battle of wills begins as the maternal instinct reveals its darker side.
The film is based on the novel Derrière la Haine by Barbara Abel, with a script adapted by Sarah Conradt.
Behind the camera is director Olivier Masset-Depasse, who previously directed Duelles, the Belgian version of this story released in 2018.
Obviously, with two stars the caliber of Hathaway and Chastain, Mother’s Instinct has a ton of potential and NEON has a track record of making the most of projects with less star power than this. [Deadline]