Matt Damon scrambles to save his daughter in Marseille in “Stillwater”, a thriller slated to hit theaters next month. Amanda Knox, whose true story serves as inspiration, criticizes the film and its director for not showing respect.
Stillwater : Matt Damon immersed in Marseille
Presented in preview at the last Cannes Film Festival, Stillwater is the new feature film by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight). Planned for September 22 in French theaters, he follows Bill Baker (Matt Damon), an American father who travels to France, to Marseille, to visit his daughter Allison (Abigail Breslin) locked behind bars. This time, he intends to prove that she is innocent and wants to get her out of prison. But its task is not easy in a country with a very different culture. Fortunately, he can count on Virgine (Camille Cottin), a Frenchwoman with whom he will forge a strong bond.
As pointed out in our review, the film struggles to convince as a whole, despite being more surprising than expected. You will be forming your own opinion in more than a month, but in the meantime, Stillwater is at the center of a controversy.
A film based on a true story, which is controversial
Amanda Knox, the woman whose story served as the inspiration for the screenplay, has recently spoken out and she’s not being kind to the film. She reveals that no one asked him for permission to adapt his story and bitterly regrets how Tom McCarthy used his image. In a thread on Twitter, she elaborates on what bothers her:
Does my name belong to me? My face ? My life ? My story ? Why does my name refer to events I haven’t attended? I come back to these questions because other people continue to take advantage of my name, face and story without my consent. The recent example is Stillwater.
I continue to be accused of being “the one who knows something she doesn’t want to reveal,” of being “involved even though I haven’t planted the knife.” So the fictionalized version of Tom McCharty is just a tabloid-worthy guilty version of me.
A sordid story
The film actually echoes the misadventure of Amanda Knox and it barely hides it by naming the character of Abigail Breslin also Amanda. The real story took place in Italy. During a visit to Europe as part of her studies, the main concerned was found guilty of the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher. However, it was not she who was behind his death but Rudy Guede.
She also regrets than Stillwater not be respectful of the real victim of the case and that largesse be taken. Her disappointment is understandable, especially when we talk about such a traumatic experience, and what is most inappropriate is that no one came into contact with her instead of exploiting her experience. But it should also be noted that Stillwater is not just a court thriller. The scenario begins with a premise extremely close to the Amanda Knox affair, then becomes something else after a while.