Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mark of an Angel (2008)

aka Angel of Mine aka L'empreinte de l'ange

Found some time to write a couple words about this deceptively effective thriller.

An unstable woman becomes obsessed with a little girl and comes to believe that she is, in fact, her long dead child.

Creepy, I know. Crazy stalker flicks are usually a dime a dozen. It’s almost impossible to get the full attention of the audience these days, because they’re so familiar with the (often clich├ęd) beats — this was my complaint a few weeks back about Alone With Her. Mark of an Angel manages to elevate the genre with a smart script, excellent direction and some incredibly nuanced performances.

I’m not going to spoil it, but this is one of those rare thrillers where you actually feel sympathy for the antagonist. A lot of the time, there’s too much emphasis on showing the audience, 'Look how crazy he/she is!!!' Clearly, the woman appears to be slowly unraveling, but it isn‘t handled in over-the-top fashion. Although a remake is probably inevitable, Act 3 would receive an extreme Hollywood makeover. If you’re looking for a more subtle take on this sub-genre, definitely check it out.

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