An exhausted Delphin faces writer’s block after tasting her first career success with her debut novel. Despite wanting to be left alone, she inadvertently finds herself drawn to the charm of a young woman claiming to be a fan who gradually usurps her life – and a battle of nerves ensues between the two… We are in quintessential Polanski territory: a psychological thriller where the protagonist and the antagonist are pitted against each other in a game of powerplay – but the reality is not always what it looks like…
Adapted from a novel of the same name by popular French contemporary writer – Delphine de Vigan – BASED ON A TRUE STORY (2017) is not amongst Polanski’s better works, but it nevertheless displays the director’s pet obsessions and superb craftsmanship; his use of space is something that few directors can match.
Starring Emmanuelle Signer as the writer and Eva Green as the fan, and co-written by Olivier Assayas along with the director, it is definitely worth a single viewing.
Playing on Amazon Prime.