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Directed by: Safy Nebbou

Produced: 2008

Countries & Regions: France

DVD Details

Certificate: 12

Studio: In 2 Film

Length: 91 mins

Format: DVD

Released: 13 September 2010

Cat No: I2F3211

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Angel of Mine

Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire , Catherine Frot , Sophie Quinton , Antoine Chappey , Michel Aumont , Wladimir Yordanoff , Zacharie Chasseriaud , Michele Moretti , Genevieve Rey-Penchenat , Heloise Cunin , Arthur Vaughan-Whitehead

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French psychological thriller starring Catherine Frot as Elsa, a divorcee in her late 30s who is battling her ex-husband for custody of... Read More

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French psychological thriller starring Catherine Frot as Elsa, a divorcee in her late 30s who is battling her ex-husband for custody of her ten-year-old son Thomas (Arthur Vaughan-Whitehead) while still grieving the tragic loss of her infant daughter seven years previously. When she meets seven-year-old Lola (Heloise Cunin), Elsa is overcome with the feelings that Lola is her long-lost child. In an attempt to get close to Lola, 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.

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.

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