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The Face of an Angel (2014)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 19 June 2015 (USA)
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Both a journalist and a documentary filmmaker chase the story of a murder and its prime suspect.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anjella Mackintosh ...
Documentary Narrator (voice)
Elizabeth Pryce
Jessica Fuller
Ranieri Menicori ...
Carlo Elias
Luigi De Mossi ...
Jessica'a Lawyer
Bernarda Valente ...
Jessica's Lawyer
Andrea Tidona ...
Pubblico Ministero Alberto Baldini
Alice Morgan ...
Jessica's Mother
Elizabeth's Father
Danielle Mary Wilskow ...
Elizabeth's Mother
Marc Richardson ...
Elizabeth's Brother
Aliya Raphael ...
Elizabeth's Sister


THE FACE OF AN ANGEL tells the story of a journalist and a filmmaker as they lose themselves in a notorious murder case they are covering. Based on true events, a riveting account of the controversial case of a American student accused of murder in Italy. Written by Screen Media Films

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Forget the truth, find the story


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The title "The Face of an Angel" is inspired by the book "Angel Face", drawn from crime coverage by Newsweek/Daily Beast writer Barbie Latza Nadeau. See more »


Around 35 minutes into the movie, Melanie takes Thomas to party. When Thomas is entering the building he is carrying his brown leather bag containing personal stuff. At the party Melanie and Thomas are smoking weed and eventually are doing other drugs. The movie continues with Thomas leaving the party and going back to the crime scene, where he gets stabbed by Eduardo, which turns out to be dreamed by Thomas. Melanie takes Thomas to the washroom where Thomas has to throw up. After that both of them leave the party for good and Melanie walks Thomas back to the hotel. When both of them are passing a cathedral Thomas does not carry his bag. See more »


Thomas: It's not about 'whodunnit'... there are so many angles, how to organize it in a meaningful way, it's important that its a story based on truth, but i want to do something that transcends that, that its not just a simple reconstruction...
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


On the Nature of Daylight
Written and performed by Max Richter
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Like 'The Trip' but not funny
3 March 2017 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I like Michael Winterbottom. It's probably cheap to call this pretentious but it is about a filmmaker hanging around and sometimes sleeping with very beautiful women, writing a film about the Murder of the girl in the film, who has lots of interviews which producers and financiers in which he talks about what he's trying to say in the film and the structure of the film with is based on Dante's Inferno (one of Dante's books at least). I'll call it self reflexive

I don't know but I'm gonna say it's about Michael Winterbottooms life and divorce (it can't be another film about Steve Coogans life). The film director (Bruhl) makes reference to him needing a hit after his last film flopped... I wondered which film that was (in real life), because I didn't think any of Winterbottoms films made money. I've always wondered how he got films funded. I like his films a lot, but I just thought it was like funding Derek Jarman, you're always gonna lose money but you'd feel good about it. Like you've done something worthwhile, but not as gay maybe. I mean I didn't think he felt pressure to make money.....

I don't think this deserved to be as derided as it was. i was impressed with the accuracy to the real life case. The insanely dislikable daily mail columnist is Nick Pisa, who is insanely dislikable..The Police chief really reminded me of the actual chief and so did a lot of the cast. A lot of the seemingly small events are based on real events and are accurately portrayed. And despite me calling it pretentious I do like the self reflexive nature of this film. I think it worked and I enjoyed it more afterwards thinking about the three act structure (they talk about it in the movie) and its resolution and Cara being a sort or adopted daughter.

This would be a great film to talk about over a meal, because it has depth and because it will so obviously polarise opinion, getting under some people's skin and feeling painfully obvious and other people clicking with it.

I think with a semi autobiographical film like this, you're more likely to get away with a Woody Allen style approach (I.e. Comedy) and not be called pretentious and Winterbottom has done this before with 'The Trip' and 'A Cock and blah blah' and people found it easier to stomach. When you go later Woody Allen's serious stuff, you upset people. This is 'Interiors' but about a real life murder. So I can see it's pretty difficult for people to separate the art from the fact.

I clicked though!

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