L'Empreinte de l'ange (Mark of an Angel) Reviews

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July 11, 2010
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.
February 27, 2010
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.
May 28, 2009
It's smart, seductive stuff that taps the primal power of maternal grief.
May 28, 2009
For 45 minutes, this smooth thriller is genuinely intriguing. But it then begins to unravel, ending up in an unsatisfactory manner.
May 22, 2009
Films like this - taut, expertly paced - are invariably dubbed Hitchcockian.
May 22, 2009
Director Safy Nebbou retains a tight control of pace and mood as nerves are strained and the truth becomes apparent.
May 22, 2009
Unsettling drama with powerful central performances.
May 22, 2009
Nebbou quietly marshals claustrophobia and tension without encroaching on more bombastic thriller territory.
May 22, 2009
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.
May 22, 2009
Typically, it's smart, seductive stuff that taps the primal power of maternal grief.
May 22, 2009
A moving, assured portrayal of a damaged woman in a film following in the coolly measured steps of I've Loved You So Long.
May 22, 2009
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.
May 22, 2009
Mark of an Angel is formulaic in form and function, but it's a nuanced and intriguing addition to the metier.
May 22, 2009
This third act fumble knocks an unusual four star thriller down to a two star misfire.
May 22, 2009
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.
May 22, 2009
This is a curious and unusual film, but unfortunately more admirable than enjoyable.
May 22, 2009
Mark Of An Angel is a bunny boiler that never heats up.
May 22, 2009
There are flaws in plotting and pacing but this is always interesting.
May 22, 2009
In Mark Of An Angel the misdirection is sometimes subtle, sometimes not so, but director Safy Nebbou in the end deserves the benefit of the doubt for just about preserving credibility when the plot goes into a wild reverse skid.
May 22, 2009
Ignore the drippy sounding title. This snappy French psycho-drama will transfix your attention like a stiletto heel skewering a ciggie butt.
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