The film’s title refers to the difference in the public's attitude towards Polanski in France, where he currently resides and is the object of desire, and in the U.S., where he is still considered to be a wanted criminal.
Zenovich Profiles Polanski
In the film, Polanski is profiled as an extraordinarily creative artist with an unconventional lifestyle, a womanizer who admittedly favored the young, a person whose self indulgences and impulsive unwise decisions nearly ended his career--and brought him to the brink of personal disaster.
Clearly, Polanski was no saint. But Zenovich also presents the judge assigned to the case, Judge Laurence Rittenbrand, as a publicity-seeking, self-aggrandizing, manipulative man who played the case to attract media attention and score points with his golf pals at Hillcrest Country Club. The trial was a travesty--and both the prosecutor and Polanski’s attorney avow their objections to the judge’s bad behavior.
Rather than risk the possibility--likelihood, really--that the judge would renege on an agreed upon plea deal and incarcerate him, Polanski fled to Paris. Ever since, he‘s not been able to travel outside of France, let alone return to the U.S.--even to accept his Oscar in 2002--for fear of being arrested.