The Face of an Angel

2014, Drama, 1h 41m

51 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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The Face of an Angel finds director Michael Winterbottom in pursuit of ideas that remain frustratingly diffuse and agonizingly out of his grasp. Read critic reviews

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A journalist and a documentary filmmaker investigate a suspect in a murder.

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  • Jul 16, 2015
    For his next movie, Thomas(Daniel Bruhl) travels to Italy to research the trial of a young college student accused of killing her roommate in the historic city of Siena. His first contact is Simone Ford(Kate Beckinsale) who wrote the first book on the subject. Her only regret is that she missed on a chance to test drive a Maserati. She provides Thomas an introduction to tabloid reporters covering the trial. With "The Face of an Angel," director Michael Winterbottom takes a barely fictional look at the Amanda Knox trial in Italy(he changes the names and setting but otherwise keeps all of the details intact), just as Thomas is told twice in the movie to tell a fictionalized version of the story. (I hope Thomas is not based on Winterbottom as boy is Thomas screwed up, snorting a ton of cocaine in the film.) While concerning various and sundry theories, Winterbottom just throws up his hands by not settling on any of them, framing that in a discussion of Dante's Divine Comedy as a way of contemplating the unknowable.
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  • May 30, 2015
    I see where Winterbottom and screenwriter Paul Viragh want to go with this film - I get the point and I admire them for pushing the envelope like this -, but it is hard to shake the feeling that their many unripe ideas result in a sort of mixed bag that is not entirely satisfying.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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