Mark of an Angel

Mark of an Angel

Film poster
L'Empreinte de l'ange
Directed by Safy Nebbou
Produced by Michel Saint-Jean
Written by Safy Nebbou
Cyril Gomez-Mathieu
Starring Catherine Frot
Sandrine Bonnaire
Music by Hugues Tabar-Nouval
Cinematography Éric Guichard
Edited by Bernard Sasia
Diaphana Films
France 2 Cinéma
Distributed by Diaphana Films
Release dates
  • 13 June 2008 (2008-06-13) (Cabourg)
  • 13 August 2008 (2008-08-13) (France)
Running time
95 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget €5.5 million[1]
Box office $3.5 million[1]

Mark of an Angel (original title: L'Empreinte de l'ange) is a 2008 French film directed by Safy Nebbou. It is retitled Angel of Mine for its 2009 English-language DVD release.[2]


In a hospital Elsa Valentin gives birth to a daughter, but the baby reportedly dies in a fire. Seven years later she is divorcing her husband, and they fight over who gets custody over their 12-year-old son Thomas.

When Elsa collects her son from a party, she sees the 7-year-old girl Lola, who she thinks is her daughter, Lucie. First Elsa keeps this to herself, but she uses every opportunity to see Lola and keep into contact with her. Elsa begins by approaching Claire, the mother, by feigning interest in buying Claire's house, which is on sale, so that she can inspect the house and thus see Lola. She later encounters Claire and Lola when they go ice skating, where Elsa and Lola skate together and wind up falling. At Lola's ballet recital, Elsa stands on the side of the stage behind the curtains to watch her perform; Lola does not mind, as she feels as though Elsa supports her more than Claire does. Claire confronts Elsa with her stalking behavior.

Elsa reveals to Claire that she believes Lola is her daughter, though Claire refutes it. When Claire refuses Elsa's request for a DNA test, Elsa sneaks into the house to obtain a strand of Lola's hair. She is caught by Claire and loses the hair. When Claire tells her husband, Bernard, about the incident, he suggests that they go through with the DNA test as it will prove to Elsa that Lola is not her daughter. Claire is forced to reveal the truth to Elsa and Bernard: seven years ago, her own daughter died in a fire from smoke inhalation. At the hospital, she heard another baby crying and saw Elsa lying on the floor. Believing that Elsa was dead, she took the baby and pretended it was Lola while pretending own dead child as Elsa's baby.

Claire and Bernard agree that Lola should be returned to Elsa. Reunited, Elsa and Lola go for a walk together; though surprised with the decision, the girl does not appear to mind.


Critical response

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 86%, based on 21 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10.[3]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
Cairo International Film Festival Best Screenplay Safy Nebbou and Cyril Gomez-Mathieu Won
Best Second Work Safy Nebbou Won
Globes de Cristal Award Best Actress Catherine Frot Nominated
Lumières Awards Best Actress Catherine Frot Nominated


  1. 1 2 "L'Empreinte de l'ange". JP's Box-Office.
  2. "The Mark of an angel". Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  3. "L'Empreinte de l'ange (Mark of an Angel) (2008)". Rotten Tomatoes.
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