Director: Marco Tullio Giordana
Year Released: 2021
On her way home from dance class, 8th grader Yara Gambirasio (Chiara Bono) goes missing, so Prosecutor Letizia Ruggeri (Isabella Ragonese) - who likes to box! - goes all out searching for clues as to what happened to her and, visibly fed up with a lack of progress in the case, relies on DNA analysis to track down the actual murderer ... and it turns out science wins in the end. This is based on a true story that took place back in 2010, but the way Giordana - who made the excellent epic The Best of Youth - presents it, it's like an Italian version of Law & Order: SVU only without a whole lot of drama or energy (accused killer Massimo Bossetti appears very unrepentant) and ends with yet another tired courtroom "battle." It seems as if he's using the subject to make a strongly pro-vaccine statement, and while my family and I have gotten the Moderna shots for COVID-19, the part of me that's obsessed with privacy is more than a little uncomfortable with any government or law enforcement agency collecting our molecular data....