Ballad in Blood (2016)

Ballad in Blood
Director: Ruggero Deodato
Writer: Ruggero Deodato, Jacopo Mazzuoli, Angelo Orlando
Based on: the murder of Meredith Kercher
Cast: Carlotta Morelli, Gabriele Rossi, Edward Williams, Roger Garth, Ernesto Mahieux, Noemi Smorra
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 25.9.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

After spending Halloween night partying, Lenka (Carlotta Morelli), Jacopo (Gabriele Rossi) and Duke (Edward Williams) wake up in Lenka’s apartment to find her roommate Elizabeth (Noemi Smorra). Still in a haze and barely able to piece together the events of the night before, the three of them try to figure out what happened.

Ballad in Blood was modelled after the Meredith Kercher murder, and then reworked so it was far enough from established facts that nobody would get sued. In a case like this one where everything has been unclear and sensationalized, this is already a problematic approach. It’s made worse by the fact that Deodato decided to go with the most misogynistic and sexist version of events possible.

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The Face of an Angel (2014)

The Face of an Angel
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Writer: Paul Viragh
Based on: Barbie Latza Nadeau’s book Angel Face: The True Story of Student Killer Amanda Knox
Cast: Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne, Genevieve Gaunt, Lucy Cohu, Ava Acres, Rosie Fellner, Sai Bennett
Seen on: 3.6.2015

Thomas (Daniel Brühl) is looking to make a documentary about the murder of a young American exchange student in Italy and the ensuing process against her roommate and fellow exchange student and her boyfriend. Once in Italy he meets with journalist Simone (Kate Beckinsale), who has been covering the entire affair and wrote one of many books about the case. Thomas is looking for an angle to cover the story, which is particularly difficult since there are more opinions about the case, the quality of the police work and the guilt of the accused than can be counted. As he is working on that, he meets the exchange student Melanie (Cara Delevingne) who introduces him to her world.

I am unsure whether The Face of an Angel has the worst script ever, or just an extremely bad script. Either way, I hated it and the entire film with it.

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