Directed by: Safy Nebbou
Countries & Regions: France
Studio: In 2 Film
Length: 91 mins
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
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
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.