Mark of an Angel
Time Out says
When she spots a familiar young girl at the party of one her son’s friends, she is adamant the child is the baby thought to have died in a hospital fire days after Elsa gave birth. Elsa keeps her feelings to herself but makes friends with the girl’s wealthy mother, Claire (Sandrine Bonnaire), a pretty young woman whose light presence is in strict contrast to Elsa’s increasing mania as she turns from Claire’s new pal to her omnipresent stalker.
Nebbou quietly marshals claustrophobia and tension without encroaching on more bombastic thriller territory. He’s well-served by two actresses who play up to the subtlety of their roles as written: Frot is pleasingly hard to read, so we’re never sure on which side of reason her behaviour falls, while Bonnaire gradually allows a growing sense of unease into her portrait of a woman who superficially has it all. To discuss the film any more could ruin it, but needless to say it should inspire heated conversation among any who see it.
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