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The Face of An Angel (2015)

The Face of An Angel

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

June 19, 2015 (Limited)

Duration

100 min.

Studio

Screen Media Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Michael Winterbottom

Producer

Melissa Parmenter, Riccardo Tozzi

Screenwriter

Paul Viragh

Starring

Story


The murder of a British student in Tuscany leads to the trial and conviction of her American flat mate and Italian boyfriend in controversial circumstances.

The public interest around the case attracts once successful, but now struggling filmmaker Thomas (Bruhl), to be commissioned to write a film, "The Face of an Angel," based on a book by Simone Ford (Beckinsale), an American journalist who covered the case. From Rome they head to Siena to research the film.

Thomas has also recently separated from his wife in a bitter divorce and left his 9-year-old daughter in Los Angeles. As his life unravels, he becomes increasingly disturbed by the dark medieval atmosphere surrounding the case and begins to fall into his own personal hell.

Just as Thomas is about to hit rock bottom, he meets British student Melanie (Delevingne), with whom he begins an innocent relationship. This is a beautiful, unrequited love where Melanie provides solace to him and acts as a guide to his own heart. Thomas starts to question what is more important to him, solving an unsolvable crime and writing the film, or returning back to the daughter he has left behind.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..Bruhl, the actor, struggles under the weight of the script's sanctimony; in his role he sulks in a scenic Italian city and sleeps with Kate Beckinsale's forgettable journalist character..”
by Brad Wheeler [Globe and Mail]
“..the film's layered, enquiring, half-formed and unknowing vibe feels fitting in the context of a tragic real-life story that has inspired all sorts of hysteria and unfounded opinion..”
by Dave Calhoun [Time Out London]
“..a lovely-looking yet muddled meditation on truth..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]