Meredith Susanna Cara Kercher (28 December 1985 – 1 November 2007) was a British student on exchange from the University of Leeds who was murdered in Perugia, Italy, on 1 November 2007.
Kercher, aged 21, was found dead on the floor of her bedroom. The alarm had been raised by one of her flatmates, Amanda Knox, who had reported an apparent burglary when she arrived the next morning.
In October 2011, they were released after almost four years in prison following their acquittals at the second-level trial.
In an official statement of their grounds for overturning the convictions, the judges wrote there was a "material non-existence" of evidence to support the guilty verdicts, and that an association among Sollecito, Knox, and Guede to commit the murder was "far from probable".
Altogether, Knox doesn’t say anything we haven’t heard before: she is not a killer, she was at Sollecito’s place watching As for Sollecito, he says almost nothing of any value in the entire documentary.
Indeed, he gives the impression that the only thing he is capable of doing with any success is sunbathing on a Mediterranean beach.
Guede was tried separately at a fast-track trial; in October 2008 he was found guilty of having sexually assaulted and murdered Kercher.
Guiliano Mignini, the prosecutor, is made to look very stern, very somber, and a bit mystical (he is a religious man, he has unscientific ideas about the habits of female murderers) as he provides some of the reasons why he was certain of Knox’s and Sollecito’s guilt.
The real baddie of the documentary turns out to be the British journalist Nick Pisa, who says that getting a scoop on a story and seeing his name on the front pages of major newspapers is like having sex. The documentary has its cinematic moments, such as the opening slow-motion sequence of Knox driving around dusky Seattle, preparing food in her humble kitchen as she drinks red wine, and generally enjoying the security of her American freedoms.
Or, later in the documentary, when we see Pisa standing on the balcony of a Perugia hotel room that has a stunning view of the old Italian town, which, at that moment, is entering night.
Another shot finds the light of dawn falling on the scene of the crime, the house now haunted by the ghost Meredith Kercher. She knows that many in the world still think she is guilty, still think she got away with murder.
Also, it is understood that more than one person was involved in the murder, and yet only one person is paying for the crime.