The real mothers' love?
, 17 Apr 2011
'L'empreinte de l'ange' (Angel of Mine), a truly remarkable and deeply touching film indeed. I have always had a great liking for French films and on seeing this I now have it confirmed again. At first the plot seems to suggest that a bereaved mother, who has lost her baby daughter in a tragic fire, is a raving lunatic. After eight years, or more, suffering in guilt and anguish, she sees a child that she just seems to know is the very child that she bore. How could this be, since her child had died all those years ago? This is where you start to think she is obviously so distressed and traumatized that she must be out of her mind with sheer grief. I related to this poor womans feelings very much, after all what must it really feel like to have a child snatched away from you, especially one so young? I tell you this because I too have had a child taken from me, a son that is so very special and dear to me and a son who I love more than I can express here. My son is still alive, so you may ask... how can my grief be the same as this poor womans? You know what it is! I am a loving father who has had a cruel unjust woman take him from me for her own selfish wicked reasons, and this type of thing is happening every day here in the UK. Eventually the film goes onto to hint to you that the crazy woman may not be delusional after all, and the girl she has seen could just be her daughter. In fact the supposed mother comes forward to confess to her that she saved the child in the fire after losing hers. In the end the thing that touched me the most was the fact that both women were able to understand what it is to love a child. To love so much, that I took it for granted that they were both going to cooperate in allowing each other to continue in a relationship with the child. If only my ex were to take a lesson from this film and allow her son, my son, a son who really misses his father, to let him come to me, so I can continue to love him also. How do you take a child from one who truly loves them? How does a mother actually stop her son, who desires with all his heart to see his dad? How can any parent live with the guilt and shame of such selfish actions with such wickedness? This film is moving and really well acted and has many messages, of forgiveness, of mercy, of understanding and ultimately of working together for whats best for the child concerned. We live in a world where parents squabble over who gets the kids, to the degree where they go to court and blacken each others names. In my case I refused to play that game, and so because of this I lost my son to a mother who couldnt possibly understand this film nor its morality or its principals. In the end love should be the thing that should motivate parents, not selfishness or grudges, but love for your child. I am a heart broken man, but at least I have my conscience intact. Elliott, I love you my son and miss you more than the world, never ever forget me. All my love, Dad xX
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