Based on a True Story (film)

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Based on a True Story
Based on a True Story poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRoman Polanski
Produced byWassim Béji
Written byOlivier Assayas
Roman Polanski
StarringEva Green
Emmanuelle Seigner
Music byAlexandre Desplat
CinematographyPaweł Edelman
Edited byMargot Meynier
Distributed byMars Film (France)
Release date
  • 27 May 2017 (2017-05-27) (Cannes)
  • 1 November 2017 (2017-11-01) (France)
Running time
110 minutes
Budget$15 million[1]
Box office$3.9 million[2]

Based on a True Story (French: D'après une histoire vraie) is a 2017 internationally co-produced psychological thriller film directed by Roman Polanski, based on the novel of the same name by Delphine de Vigan. It was screened out of competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.[3]


The film focuses on writer Delphine (Seigner), who achieved her first career success, publishing her debut novel dedicated to her mother. However, she soon starts receiving anonymous letters accusing her of exposing her family to the public. Depressed and struggling with writer's block, Delphine meets and begins a friendship with a mysterious younger woman (Green) who is seductive, intelligent, and intuitive and who understands Delphine better than anyone else.


Director and stars promoting the film at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 47% based on 17 reviews, and an average rating of 5.1/10.[4] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 43 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[5]


  1. ^ JP. "D'après une Histoire Vraie (2017". JP's Box-Office. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Based on a True Story (2017)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  3. ^ Pond, Steve (27 April 2017). "Cannes Film Festival Adds Roman Polanski Film to Lineup". TheWrap. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Based on a True Story (D'après une histoire vraie) (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Based on a True Story Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 16 March 2018.

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