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Dir: Michael Winterbottom
Starring Daniel Bruhl, Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne
Winterbottom begins his look at a filmmaker making a movie about a true life killing of a British exchange student studying in small Italian town and allegedly killed by her female American roommate, with the on screen director (Bruhl) being told that the best way to make his movie is to take the true story and make it fictional.
Thus, Winterbottom presents his take on the Meredith Kercher-Amanda Knox true life case – by any other name.
Although Winterbottom sticks closely to mirroring the events of the real case, his movie diverts away to examine the way the media treats such a story, its responsibilities towards such and the inevitable rise of the conspiracy theories such events create and perpetuate. As this angle develops however the film treads a more uneven path, with Bruhl’s filmmaker sliding into heavy cocaine usage, and wandering the darkly menacing late night streets in a manner that evokes Roeg’s Don’t Look Now as much as anything else.
So, as the character of the filmmaker becomes more and more unclear about the story he’s telling, so follows Winterbottom’s film, making for an at times engrossing, at other times meandering tale.
Along the way, Bruhl meets up with a young British woman, played by model of the moment Cara Delevingne who, despite initially looking like stunt casting, turns out to be remarkable good. Through her, and Bruhl’s relationship to both her and his separation from his own daughter, and the death of the faux-Kercher, the film certainly has something to say about fathers and daughters, but, despite offering an interesting journey, like its central character it seems incapable of reaching a satisfying conclusion.
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