Novelist-turned-filmmaker Paul Auster's second film as director is a fable that draws inspiration from sources as diverse as Adolfo Bioy Casares' novel The Invention of Morel, Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Oval Portrait" and Albert Brooks' THE MUSE (1999).
After finishing his years-in-the-making fourth novel, Martin Frost (David Thewlis) borrows a friend's isolated country home and retreats into the luxury of doing nothing. But when an idea strikes he digs an old manual typewriter out of the closet and pursues it. After all, he's a writer -- that's what he does, and how exhausting could a little short story be? But with inspiration comes an extremely od...