Grief is a powerful, yet devastating, emotion for any parent. The idea of “moving on” from the loss of a child is equally challenging. I dare you, tell any parent to “get over it,” and good luck to you. In director Kim Farrant’s Angel of Mine, loss turns into obsession for one grieving mother.
Lizzie (Noomi Rapace) is just a few steps away from hitting rock bottom. Seven years ago, her infant daughter Rosie died in a hospital fire. Since then, she’s become estranged from her husband, Mike (Luke Evans). She more and more neglects her son (Finn Little) to the point that Mike is demanding full custody. Lizzie is also on the verge of losing her job for poor work performance.
On one fateful afternoon, Lizzie goes to the home of Claire (Yvonne Strahovski) to pick up her son who was attending Claire’s son, Jeremy’s (Indi Serafin) birthday party. While at the party, Lizzie spots Jeremy’s sister, Lola (Annika Whiteley) and Lizzie can’t take her eyes off her. It appears that Lola looks a lot like Lizzie and she undeniably believes Lola is, in fact, her dead daughter Rosie.
“…she undeniably believes Lola is, in fact, her dead daughter Rosie.”
Days later, Lizzie shows up at Claire’s home, pretending to be interested in purchasing it. The two women form a friendship and better yet, their sons get along famously. But Lizzie is constantly looking for opportunities to wander off and either stare at Lola or engage in a conversion. In one instance, Lizzie is brushing Lola’s hair and tells her that they look alike.