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|Originaltitel:||D'après une histoire vraie|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 101 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Since she landed a bestseller with a very personal novel about her mother, the Parisian author Delphine (Emmanuelle Seigner) suffers not only from constant hostility from her family environment, but also from an extreme writer's block. She avoids the public as much as she can, but reading tours and signing sessions are increasingly taking their toll. But then Delphine meets the charismatic ghostwriter Elle (Eva Green). Contrary to her usual instincts, she quickly gains confidence in the mysterious woman, who naturally takes on numerous tasks for Delphine so that she can concentrate fully on writing again. Elle even pretends to be a dolphin to fill in for her at a reading. More and more Delphine gives control over her life to Elle - but she doesn't know anything about this woman. Who is Elle anyway - and what does she want from Delphine?
With "After a True Story" Roman Polanski returns to ambiguous thrillers in the style of his early work "The Tenant". Although his class is not reached, Polanski nevertheless shows that he still has what it takes in this genre. He succeeds perfectly in creating an oppressively threatening atmosphere, although strictly speaking not much really happens over long distances. But little hints and especially the great ice-cold glances of Eva Green make sure that you always stay fascinated, even at longer moments. Admittedly, the production could have taken a little more speed. Because from time to time Polanski simply steps too hard on the brakes, which noticeably damages the intensity of the story.
However, anyone who succeeds in getting involved in the confusion that is almost reduced to a two-person piece will be rewarded with a brilliantly played psycho-thriller. Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner gives the writer a credible impression every second on the verge of a nervous breakdown. In view of the hostilities from her own family, it is absolutely understandable why she lets herself be caught so quickly by a stranger before she finally falls into the abyss. Eva Green radiates an irresistible charm, which you also fall for as a viewer until her facial expression changes from one second to the next and she suddenly has something frightening, almost beautiful demonic about her. Green embodies these two sides of Elle with bravura.
The interplay of the two actresses is then also the reason why "After a True Story" always tears out when Polanski's direction loosens the reins and lets the action ripple too leisurely. If he had shown a little more finesse here, the thriller could easily have been measured against his early work. At least he brings back memories of some of the strongest Polanski movies and also offers two great actresses. And despite some weaknesses there is a deserved one for that: Absolutely worth seeing!
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