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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Delphine Dayrieux
Eva Green ... Elle
Vincent Perez ... François
Dominique Pinon ... Raymond
Camille Chamoux 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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Storyline

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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Country:

France | Poland | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 November 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Basada en hechos reales See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Budget:

EUR10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,988,331
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (one scene)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The notebooks of Delphine show designs inspired by painter Edward Hopper. 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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a movie criticizing his time
3 September 2018 | by yrolSee all my reviews

You get the impression that people no longer know how to see a film and what it says. Not only is the rhythm similar to Polanski's previous films, but it develops a disturbing relationship between a novelist and herself and the whole with her audience. The film criticizes the novelists who play on the autofiction and the public of social networks in the narcissistic relationship that all this little world maintains with itself. The theme of the double is at the center of the film and Polanski had wanted to adapt Dostoeivski's Double. Polanski hasn't changed, it's the public that has become more ignorant in general.


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