BFF: Eileen

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Sat 30 Dec 1899

Certificate15
Year2023
GenreDrama, Thriller
Director(s)William Oldroyd
Writer(s)Luke Goebel, Ottessa Moshfegh
LanguageEnglish
CountryUSA
Running Time1HR 36MINS
SeasonBelfast Film Festival

Anne Hathaway and Thomasin McKenzie star in William Oldroyd's (Lady Macbeth) fabulously twisted, slyly subversive noir, Eileen. Adapted from bestselling author Ottessa Moshfegh’s novel.

In 1960s New England, Eileen (McKenzie) is a dowdy misfit who works in a boy’s penitentiary and lives a humdrum, sexless life with her alcoholic and belittling father (Shea Whigham). But one day a new prison psychologist arrives in the impossibly glamorous form of Dr. Rebecca St. John (Hathaway), a gorgeous sophisticate in clicking heels and Marilyn-blonde hair. Eileen is immediately transfixed. Befriended by Eileen, Rebecca's life — and her appearance — change radically but little does Rebecca suspect that Eileen is a far more ruthless personality than her mousiness initially suggests.

In its gorgeously rich cinematography, costuming, and storyline the film has unmistakable echoes of Todd Haynes’ Carol. But this is a curdled version of that kind of love story, in which shocking revelations and unforeseen twists suggest that not all journeys of self-discovery are the same. Sometimes, it’s a very strange, very dark self that is discovered.

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Certificate15
Year2023
GenreDrama, Thriller
Director(s)William Oldroyd
Writer(s)Luke Goebel, Ottessa Moshfegh
LanguageEnglish
CountryUSA
Running Time1HR 36MINS
SeasonBelfast Film Festival
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