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Young secretary Eileen forms a bond with a glamorous new counselor at the prison, leading to a dark secret revelation.


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Directed by William Oldroyd (from the excellent Lady Macbeth) and based on the novel of the same name by Ottessa Moshfegh (with a screenplay adapted by herself and her husband, Luke Goebel), Eileen is a psychological thriller set in Massachusetts during the 1960s. Eileen (Jojo Rabbit's Thomasin McKenzie) is a sexually frustrated young woman caught between a violent home with an alcoholic father and her job as a secretary in a prison. Her life takes a turn when the new prison psychologist, Rebecca Saint John (Anne Hathaway, The Idea of You), arrives, and she feels an immediate admiration and attraction that pulls her into her mysterious orbit and towards a twisted event. Unlike the book, which delves deeply into the psychology of its protagonist, the film focuses more on Eileen's relationship with the doctor and with her father, as well as the underlying criminal plot. There are some gaps in the narration (and McKenzie, despite her immense talent, is not as convincing in the role), but if you enjoy acid humor and stories of female empowerment, this might be for you.



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Based on the best-selling book by Ottessa Moshfegh, 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.

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