That night, we were seeing director Roman Polanski's new film, Based on a True Story, starring his wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, and Eva Green. In typical Polanski fashion, it took what might have been a mundane story and turned it into a psychological thriller. While it started off slowly, the tightly wound performances of Seigner and Green made each passing moment more and more tense, culminating in a surprise ending that left the audience satisfied and, perhaps, a bit confused.
Polanski, of course, is now best known in America for having been convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl in the late '70s -- after hearing that the judge intended not to honor a plea deal Polanski and the victim's attorney made, he fled the country. Were he to return, he would be arrested, so he continues filmmaking in Europe, where (judging from the standing ovation he received) he's more accepted.