If you don’t know anything about Eileen, the twisty new thriller that stars Thomasin McKenzie and Anne Hathaway, by God don’t let anyone spoil it. The film from director William Oldroyd, an adaptation of Ottessa Moshfegh’s novel, is more than it appears to be on the surface.
Suffice it to say, there’s a lot more going on than a lonely young woman working at a detention facility who falls under the sway of a beautiful, worldly colleague. NEON walks a tightrope with the new trailer and synopsis, but fortunately, I don’t think they give too much away.
SYNOPSIS: Set during a bitter 1964 Massachusetts winter, young secretary Eileen becomes enchanted by the glamorous new counselor at the prison where she works. Their budding friendship takes a twisted turn when Rebecca reveals a dark secret – throwing Eileen onto a sinister path.
The film also stars Shea Whigham, Marin Ireland, Owen Teague, and Jefferson White. Tonye Patano and Siobhan Fallon-Hogan. This is Oldroyd’s first feature since 2016’s Lady Macbeth and was co-written with Moshfegh and Luke Goebel.
Eileen opens in NY and LA on December 1st before expanding on December 8th. You can find my review from its Sundance world premiere here.