The official trailer for the twisted drama Eileen, starring Anne Hathaway and Thomasin McKenzie, has dropped.
The trailer opens following Eileen (McKenzie) in a melancholy mood on the monotonous grind of her daily life.
The mood changes and takes a turn when we are introduced to prison psychologist Rebecca (Hathaway), with her looking straight down the lens of the camera as an unidentified voice says, “She may be easy on the eyes, but let me assure you she is very smart.”
Rebbeca states “I live a little definitely to most people,” before enquiring how Eileen chooses to live her life.
“I’m just kind of average, I think,” she says, to which Rebecca answers: “You really think you are a normal person? I bet you have brilliant dreams”.
“Eileen, may I confide in you?” Rebecca desperately says as the camera pans to Rebecca squeezing Eileen’s bare tight clad thigh. This is followed by a close up of the pair embraced, slow dancing together.
As the trailer reaches its climax the audience hears the phrase, “Love will make you crazy. Love will make you kill.”
The clip ends with the pair kissing and Rebecca saying “the only way out is for someone to die”.
Directed by William Oldroyd, the film adaptation of Ottessa Moshfegh’s 2015 novel also stars Shea Wigham, Marin Ireland and Owen Teague.
The official synopsis reveals that the film “follows a peculiar young woman whose dreary life stretches on toward unending misery.
“In frigid 1960s Boston, Eileen shuffles between her father’s dingy, emotionally haunted home and the prison where she works alongside colleagues who have ostracised her.
“When an intoxicating woman joins the prison staff, Eileen is taken. Just when the possibility of a salvational friendship (or maybe more) takes hold and forms a singular glimmer in Eileen’s darkness, her newfound confidant entangles her in a shocking crime that alters all.”
Eileen has received critical acclaim, with an 89% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Praise has been aimed at the cat’s performances and “captivating” narrative.
Eileen had its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on 8 October. It will be released in UK cinemas on 1 December.
Watch the full trailer below: