As witnessed in Strangerland and Angel of Mine, director Kim Farrant has a knack for crafting raw and resonate tales of humanity within the seeming constrictions of genre storytelling.
Angel of Mine features Noomi Rapace as a woman who believes her daughter is actually alive and being raised by another couple (Yvonne Strahovski, Richard Roxburgh). Her daughter died in a fire years ago, but that doesn’t stop her from continuing to insinuate herself into this family’s life and eventually reclaim her supposed child.
Though one can initially view Angel of Mine as a stalker infused suspense thriller, it rises above that genre’s often predictable path. Part of the film’s strength lies in Rapace’s performance. “It’s extraordinary to work with actors who are so willing to be exposed and so vulnerable and seen in all the dark extremities and light of their humanity,” said Farrant, who also garnered excellent work from Nicole Kidman in Strangerland. “It’s both thrilling to experience but it’s also a process as well. My job is to create a safe space for those actors so they can feel like they can unravel.”
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Angel of Mine hits select theaters and On Demand August 30.