I am still processing the film L'Empreinte de l'Ange. I took notes as I watched it because it seemed like an important movie about grief but it wasn't quite what I expected.
Elsa loses her baby girl in a hospital fire. Seven years later, she sees a young girl and is convinced it is her dead daughter. She begins to stalk the girl and her family. She is accused of being insane, told that she just hasn't accepted the death yet and that she needs to move on.
Her father says "Stop living with a ghost."
Her co-worker says "You'll never completely forget. It takes time."
Her ex-husband says "She's dead. When will you accept it? You can't live in the past."
But nothing will stop her obsession with the girl.
As the movie unfolds, unexpected discoveries are made and two families are irrevocably changed. It's a film about grief delayed, a loss not yet confronted.