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Angel of Mine [DVD] [2008]

Catherine Frot , Sandrine Bonnaire , Safy Nebbou    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Catherine Frot, Sandrine Bonnaire, Wladimir Yordanoff, Antonio Chappey, Michel Armount
  • Directors: Safy Nebbou
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Metrodome Video
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Nov 2009
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002FC89Q8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,011 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Elsa is fighting to keep custody of her son Thomas. One day, at a children's birthday party, she notices a little 6-year-old girl. Immediately, she is convinced that Lola is the daughter she lost during a fire on the maternity ward. Obsessed by this uncontrollable feeling, she manipulatively inches her way into Lola's life. Claire, Lolas mother, allows a friendship to develop. Yet, gradually she becomes aware and fearful of Elsa's unnatural behaviour to the point of insisting that she stop intruding in their lives. Elsa, seemingly crazy, challenges Claire by asking for DNA tests. The rivalry between the two mothers begins. An intense psychological face-off between two women who should never have met& ...Angel of Mine ( L'empreinte de l'ange ) ( Mark of an Angel )

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 11 Oct 2009
By Ian Thumwood TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As a fan of French films, there is admittedly a tendancy for some of them to let you down. Either they can be too esoteric or go to the other extreme and try to mimic American films. It is when they do their own, unpretentious thing that I feel French cinema is at it's best. This , in my opinion, takes in more political elements such as "Intimate enemies" and fraught dramas such as "I've loved you so long."

I caught this film (also known as "Mark of an angel") at the cinema and whilst not as good as either of the aforementioned films, I found this to be an engrossing drama that had me totally hooked right up until the end. Catherine Frot is brilliant and Sandrine Bonnaire is similarly exceptional. There is little violence, the story is credible and the tension compelling. If anytrhing, the ending was a little rushed and the conclusion shocking although not unbelievable.

All in all, this is a great piece of drama and you can only say had this been a BBC production, it would be garnering a host of awards. Ultimately unpretentious, this is pretty good film, even if the male characters are a little undeveloped.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What are you trying to say? 19 Jan 2010
By technoguy VINE VOICE
This was an impeccable little thriller set in modern France.The calm rationality of impeccable good manners in the banality of everyday life.Two mothers with their children.One about to move with her husband,boy and daughter to Canada with his job,her house up for sale.They live in a marvellous big house with a swimming pool.The other mother very self possessed,works as a pharmacy clerk and is divorced,fighting for her son in a bitter custody battle while holding down a difficult job.Her son goes to a fancy-dress party and she collects him.She sees a young girl whom she becomes fixated on,believing her to be the daughter she lostin a hospital fire over 6 years ago.We find out from her divorced husband who brings her son back,that she has some record of emotional instability.She believes her daughter is still alive and through her son finds a way into Claire's(Bonnaire's) family home and routines as he plays with Claire's son or Elsa(Frot) pretends to want to buy Claire's house.She gets closer to Lola(the girl),seeming to stalk her and her family,once in a dream(as in Hitchcock we think it's real),then once in reality as she watches Lola dance from the side of a stage.In all this our sympathy lies with Bonnaire and we become paranoid, tense and edgy whenever Elsa is near,fearing violence or kidnap.Her parents are increasingly worried,her ex-husband thinks he has a good case to get custody of his son.Her behaviour turns increasingly disturbing,how far will she go?This is based on a true story and as in the Wrong Man,truth can be stranger than fiction.As Claire becomes increasingly paranoid and suspicious,we begin to wonder...prepare for the shock ending.Two fine actresses at the top of their game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 28 Aug 2011
Inspired by a true story, this brilliantly acted and tense film is quite deep and it stirs up a good number of emotions. Catherine Frot plays Elsa, a divorced mother with a history of mental breakdown, caused by the death of her daughter in a fire some years ago. She sees a girl, Lola, at a party and starts to believe that she is the child she lost. As she becomes increasingly convinced Lola is her daughter, Elsa does everything she can to bring herself closer to Lola including following her and her mother to an ice skating rink, and going to a ballet she knows Lola will be starring in.

The film is chilling, sad and at times quite shocking. It's not always easy viewing but it is interesting and thought provoking at all times, as the story develops and you realise that not all is what is seems.

*Note: the film is in French and is subtitled. I know this isn't to everyone's taste, but if you avoid watching this because of the subtitles, you are missing out on a great film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars truth is stranger than fiction 5 April 2013
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
The story told by this film is really quite amazing when you consider it is based on fact; however it is best to know little about it before seeing it and allow the dynamic between two brilliant actresses - Catherine Frot and Sandrine Bonnaire - to have its full impact. It really is one of the best thrillers I've seen, although it doesn't fit into that box really ... Frot is extraordinary, even more so than in The Page Turner, I would say, although it's probably more the fact I think this is a more interesting film, in the end. She is able to suggest an amazing complexity and depth of emotion which builds up gradually, without any obvious projection, as if something remarkable happens the moment the camera is on her face. This sense of so much going on under the surface reminds me a bit of Montgomery Clift in I Confess, even though that is in many ways a very different film ... and Sandrine Bonnaire also brings a particular focus and intelligence to her role (she was so unforgettable in Agnes Varda's Vagabond). It is one of the most fascinating films France has produced in the last five years, I think, as well as making director Safy Nebbou a name to remember. There is one sequence where Frot watches a performance of Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird from the wings, where the saturated pink stage lights and emotional tension of the situation she is in combine with the music to galvanising effect. And I must mention the marvellous Michel Aumont, whose presence always adds some indefinable quality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars L'excellant
Really a very surprising story.

A well acted and produced film with highly compelling story that cuts close to the bone (well maybe if you are a parent). Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
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5.0 out of 5 stars twisted fairytale
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Published 14 months ago by pipnuts
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of cinematic brilliance.
This film will stay with me for a long long time. In all the films I have ever watched this one has by far made the biggest impression. Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2011 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars A little French stunner
I loved this French film. The acting was really convincing and the story about an obsession was totally plausible. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by Jane B
1.0 out of 5 stars FLAWED DVD
DVDs with NON-REMOVABLE SUBTITLES are frustrating to watch and should be illegal to produce.
In this case, the subtitles are particularly HUGE, often occupying as much as 30%... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2011 by Marc Ellul
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles can not be turned off!
This review for the DVD "Angel of Mine" is intended to add what I hope is useful information about the disc itself and not the film which can be researched elsewhere. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2011 by Movie Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
I loved this movie. Catherine Frot is her usual brilliant self and the story is very thought provoking especially as it is based on a true story. Read more
Published on 12 July 2010 by Hanglider
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