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Based on a True Story (2017)

D'après une histoire vraie (original title)
A writer goes through a tough period after the release of her latest book, as she gets involved with an obsessive admirer.

Director:

Roman Polanski

Writers:

Olivier Assayas (screenplay), Roman Polanski (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Delphine Dayrieux
Eva Green ... Elle
Vincent Perez ... François
Dominique Pinon ... Raymond
Camille Chamoux ... Oriane, l'attachée de presse
Brigitte Roüan Brigitte Roüan ... La documentaliste du lycée
Josée Dayan Josée Dayan ... Karina
Noémie Lvovsky ... La commissaire d'exposition
Leonello Brandolini Leonello Brandolini ... L'éditeur italien
Elisabeth Quin Elisabeth Quin ... La journaliste
Damien Bonnard ... Le preneur de son
Saadia Bentaïeb ... Jeanne
Véronique Vasseur Véronique Vasseur ... La mère de Delphine
Stanislas Moreau Stanislas Moreau ... Le barman
Valérie de Monza Valérie de Monza ... Femme Salon du livre (as Valérie Schiatti de Monza)
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Basking in the tremendous success of her debut autobiographical novel dedicated to her late mother, suddenly, the lonely Parisian author, Delphine Dayrieux, realises that there are cold and unrelenting haters among a sea of worshippers. On the other hand, though, there's Elle--the passionate admirer, and cryptic new friend--who takes Delphine by surprise, and just like that, worms her way into the unsuspecting writer's life. However, who is truly this elusive and alluringly enigmatic woman who is bent on helping Delphine break through a persistent writer's block? More and more, Elle becomes designingly indispensable. Can she jolt Delphine out of her torpor? Written by Nick Riganas

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This film marks Eva Green's return to French cinema after exclusively doing English-language films and television for the last 13 years. See more »

Goofs

When Delphine uses her phone to record notes the time displayed on the lock-screen is 16:41, in the next shot of the phone the time is 10:11. See more »

Quotes

Elle: People are tired of surprises and twist endings.
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11 October 2018 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

Writers block ... different edition. But again one, that you may have seen before or even if not, the mood of the movie seems to give away where this is heading. At least generally. If it were all smooth sailing, you wouldn't have a real movie. You need conflict in there, you need something that grips you and the characters in the movie.

Hopefully the right way and the suspension must work too. In this case there are cliches and you may shake your head on how gullyble the main character seems to be. You may very well be annoyed by her behaviour. If that is the case, you may not really enjoy what is coming. But there are things to discover and it still works as mystery thriller. It may not be Polanskis best (or anyone elses), but it's more than decent


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Language:

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Release Date:

1 November 2017 (France) See more »

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EUR10,000,000 (estimated)

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