L'Empreinte de l'ange (Mark of an Angel)
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L'Empreinte de l'ange (Mark of an Angel)
A depressed and recently divorced woman (Catherine Frot) becomes obsessed with a neighborhood family and is convinced that their daughter is her long-dead child. Directed by Safy Nebbou, who also cowrote the script with Cyril Gomez-Mathieu.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nebbou quietly marshals claustrophobia and tension without encroaching on more bombastic thriller territory."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"It's smart, seductive stuff that taps the primal power of maternal grief."
‑ Kevin Maher, Sunday Times (UK)
"Director Safy Nebbou retains a tight control of pace and mood as nerves are strained and the truth becomes apparent."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Typically, it's smart, seductive stuff that taps the primal power of maternal grief."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Mark of an Angel is formulaic in form and function, but it's a nuanced and intriguing addition to the metier."
‑ James Bramble, Little White Lies
"In the proverbial perfect world, the highly prolific and award-winning French actress Catherine Frot would be as acclaimed on this side of the Atlantic as many of her compatriots."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"For 45 minutes, this smooth thriller is genuinely intriguing. But it then begins to unravel, ending up in an unsatisfactory manner."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Unsettling drama with powerful central performances."
‑ Philip De Semlyen, Empire Magazine
"A moving, assured portrayal of a damaged woman in a film following in the coolly measured steps of I've Loved You So Long."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"This third act fumble knocks an unusual four star thriller down to a two star misfire."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"With its subject matter, it could have easily delved into the depths of a TV movie of the week filled with melodramatics and distant characterizations."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Films like this - taut, expertly paced - are invariably dubbed Hitchcockian."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"A lot of effort is put into an intriguing first half by writer-director Nebbou. Unfortunately, this never quite pays off in the finale which fails to leave its mark on you."
‑ James Mottram, Film4
"While Nebbou switches gears adroitly, as do his subtle and skilled leading ladies, the way the story is wrapped up feels abrupt and cursory, almost a pretext for its suggestive first act."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Predictable in places, but there's much to savour here: dedicated performances, an atmospheric score, unsettling set-pieces (which are all viewed from Elsa's troubled perspective)... and above all a satisfying sense of ambiguity."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
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