Based on a True Story (D'après une histoire vraie)


Based on a True Story (D'après une histoire vraie)

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Delphine is the author of a highly personal novel about her mother, which has become a bestseller. Already exhausted by the endless demands for interviews and made vulnerable by her memories, Delphine is soon tormented by anonymous letters accusing her of having turned her family into a source of gossip. The novelist has stalled, paralyzed by the idea of having to start writing again. She then crosses paths with Elle, a young and attractive woman, who is also intelligent and intuitive. Elle understands Delphine better than anyone. Delphine becomes attached to her, she confides in her, lets herself go. How far will Elle go, now that she has moved into Delphine's place? Has she come to fill a void or create one? Give Delphine a new breath of life or steal her life from her?


Critic Reviews for Based on a True Story (D'après une histoire vraie)

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (14)

  • A stylish but ultimately stiff collection of old tropes about writers and their audience, fiction vs. reality, and the Other that becomes you.

    Jun 1, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • A masterfully made psychological thriller in the traditional mode.

    May 29, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Although the screenplay contains all the beats needed to generate tension, Assayas' gift for conveying information between the lines is almost entirely lost on Polanski ...

    May 29, 2017 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

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  • It wobbles at the brink of plot-holes which undermine the vital realistic plausibility of a film like this; the entire third act moreover loses its way and winds up, like its heroine, in a ditch.

    May 29, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • With a running time at least a half hour too long, this glacially paced non-sequitur actively defies the sort of campy elements which could have made this fun, or even a potential guilty pleasure.

    Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It results in an attempt to a suffocating atmosphere noir, with little personality. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Jul 19, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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