Angel of Mine DVD
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Directed by Safy Nebbou
Produced in 2008
Main Language - French with English subtitles
Alex Davidson reports on France's latest psychological thriller (aka Mark of an Angel), starring the wonderful actresses Sandrine Bonnaire and Catherine Frot.
Two of France's greatest living actresses star in this psychological thriller which grips the viewer until the closing shot. The title – L'empreinte de l'ange in the original French – refers to the mythical mark left by angels on every newborn’s head, by which the mother will always know the child is hers.
Catherine Frot plays Elsa, a divorced mother with a history of mental breakdown, caused by the death of her daughter in a fire six years previously. At her son’s birthday party she spots a young girl and becomes obsessed with the idea that she is her deceased daughter. She infiltrates the life of the girl’s mother (Sandrine Bonnaire), and the infatuation turns increasingly sinister.
A lesser film would tell this story from the point of view of Bonnaire’s character, depicting Elsa as a psychotic threat to her family, but Safy Nebbou’s direction is far shrewder. Elsa may be damaged, but she is sympathetic, and the audience, like her, needs answers. A wonderful scene played at the girl’s ballet performance is unsettling, menacing and moving all at once and is one of the scenes of the year.
Alex Davidson on 20th October 2009
Author of 238 reviews
A French psychological thriller, Angel of Mine stars Catherine Frot as divorcee Elsa, a woman battling her ex-husband for custody of her 10 year-old son while still grieving the tragic loss of her infant daughter. When she meets 7 year-old Lola, she is overcome with the feeling that Lola is her long-lost child. In an attempt to get close to her, Elsa befriends the girl's mother, Claire (Sandrine Bonnaire) - but as events unfold it becomes apparent that Claire has some dark secrets of her own...
Length: 91 mins
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 16th November 2009
Cat No: MTD5470