Films that explore struggling authors and writers block have a tendency to unravel into violence and hysteria. This is certainly the case with Roman Polanski’s Based on a True Story. Emmanuelle Seigner plays accomplished writer Delphine Dayrieux who, faced with that difficult second novel, lets a mysterious and seductive young woman into her world. At first, Elle (Eva Green) appears to be a devoted fan, eager to help Delphine focus on her work, but soon their relationship devolves into a torturous game of manipulation and obsession.
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