The Face of an Angel

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(2014) ★½

Sky Movies Premiere: PREMIERE Friday 15 January, 9.45am

The brutal 2007 murder of 21-year-old English student Meredith Kercher in Italy forms the backdrop – way, way in the back – for a drearily speculative drama from Michael Winterbottom, a prolific film-maker who’s made a habit of playing around with fact and fiction. Uninterested in the crime or who’s responsible, he’s instead more exercised by lofty metaphorical meditations on perception and the trials faced by a film-maker who’s trying to get at the heart of a story.
Fresh from mooning over Benedict Cumberbatch’s Julian Assange in the WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate, Daniel Brühl is the haunted director preparing a script based on a book by Kate Beckinsale, whose character is based on Barbie Latza Nadeau, a CNN reporter who covered the original Amanda Knox trial in Perugia. Head-scratching dream sequences and reams of indulgent breast-beating add no insight to the real-life tragedy of Meredith’s murder.

Winterbottom’s murky, muddled film is more interested in media than motives. In a cruel coincidence of insulting irony, Amanda Knox and Raffaaele Sollecito had their murder convictions overturned by Italy’s top court in March 2015, the same week that The Face of an Angel was released in the UK.

Certificate:15

Duration: 101min

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