Secondly, and more importantly, the film is based on a real life tragedy that the majority of its audience should remember - the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.
As with any film inspired by such shocking real life events it is imperative that a director remains sensitive to the situation. Michael Winterbottom had his work cut out with this ambitious undertaking. He promises that The Face of an Angel is in no way a true crime story trying to shed new light on the tragedy of Kercher’s murder.
It is a story about stories. About the families who have lost a loved one either to death or to lifelong notoriety. The stories of the media and the complex multiplicity of narratives which construct such tragedies. Stories that judge, stories that empathise, stories that hypothesise, stories that profess to know. The stories of us: people who have become accustomed to seeing violent crime treated as soap opera – in the news, in literature, in film, drama and music.
But most of all, it is a film about trying to tell the story that is the last to be told. The story of the victim.
Catch The Face of an Angel at a cinema near you this week and watch the trailer here:
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