The Stendhal Syndrome is a horrifying crime thriller directed by Dario Argento and set in Italy. Police detective Anna Manni (Asia Argento) is assigned to solve a series of brutal murders perpetrated by serial killer Alfredo Grossi (Thomas Kretschmann) and in the process becomes afflicted with Stendhal Syndrome. Stendhal Syndrome is a psychosomatic illness the causes the sufferer to hallucinate, faint, and have other unpleasant physical and psychological reactions when exposed to fine art. Detective Manni's real nightmare begins when Grossi cleverly lures Manni into the famous Florence museum, Uffizi, and captures her. The constant barrage of art causes Detective Manni to question what is real and what is hallucination while Grossi brutally tortures her using a variety of methods including violent rape. Detective Manni must figure out what her strengths are and how to use them as well as get a handle on her own insanity to outwit and escape Grossi.