The Face of an Angel (2014)

In The Face of an Angel, a fictional meditation on the horrific murder of the British student Meredith Kercher in Italy in 2007, the director Michael Winterbottom has a grand time doing two things: slapping the wrists of news reporters and pontificating on the truth.

His stand-in is an apathetic Daniel Brühl, playing Thomas, a depressed filmmaker with a damaged ego and backers who are patiently awaiting a true-crime thriller. Thomas, however – thanks to a dive into Dante’s Divine Comedy – is increasingly drawn to making what one character calls a “medieval morality play.” Yet as we accompany him on his morose wanderings around Siena, it soon becomes clear that he’s in no shape to make any kind of movie at all.

Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

In the past Michael Winterbottom has dealt brilliantly with the horrors of real-life murder (A Mighty Heart), the unpicking of a media myth (24 Hour Party People) and deconstructed the process of storytelling itself (A Cock and Bull Story). All these themes come together in his latest, a fictional work inspired by the murder of Meredith Kercher, to whom the film is dedicated. [T]he central thesis [is] that truth can only be told through fiction (…).

Mark Kermode, The Guardian

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  • Country: Great Britain
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Duration: 100 min
  • Subtitles: English
  • Age limit: K16
  • Distribution: NonStop Entertainment
  • Print source: WestEnd Films

About the director

Michael Winterbottom

Filmography: The Emperor’s New Clothes, 2015 The Face of an Angel, 2014 The Trip to Italy, 2014 The Look of Love, 2013 Everyday, 2012 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero, 2011 Trishna, 2010 The Trip, 2010 The Killer Inside Me, 2010 The Shock Doctrine, 2009 Genova, 2008 A Mighty Heart, 2007 The Road to Guantanamo, 2006 A Cock and Bull Story, 2005… Read Michael Winterbottom »