As a writer stymied by past success, writers block, substance abuse, relationship problems and a serious set of father issues, Elliott’s cracked-out chronicle of a bizarre murder trial amounts to less than the sum of its parts. Not long into the 2007 trial of programmer Hans Reiser, accused of murdering his wife, the defendant’s friend Sean Sturgeon obliquely confessed to several murders (though not the murder of Reiser’s wife). Elliott, caught up in the film-ready twist and his tenuous connection to Sturgeon (they share a BDSM social circle), makes a gonzo record of the proceedings. The result is a scattered, self-indulgent romp through the mind of a depressive narcissist obsessed with his insecurities and childhood traumas.
《阿德拉尔日记》根据斯蒂芬•埃利奥特的回忆录改编，弗兰科在片中扮演这位作家，他记录下了一起谋杀案的审判过程，这就是发生在2007年的著名程序员、Linux操作系统下ReiserFS文件系统开发者Hans Reiser的杀妻案。审查过程中，Reiser的好友，也是他妻子的前情人Sean Sturgeon承认自己曾经杀害过8个人，但这当中并不包括Reiser的妻子。这起错综复杂的杀妻案令人想起了影片《肖申克的救赎》。