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Trap for Cinderella

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
Trap for Cinderella

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Driven by an obsessive desire to adapt Sébastien Japrisot’s 1962 novel, writer-director Iain Softley (‘The Wings of the Dove’) settled for a modest budget which constrains his elegant style. His complex psychological thriller embraces the loose-wristed feel of the French New Wave, but the updated club scenes filmed in Hoxton clash with those set in a southern France that looks like it could still be the 1960s. A rekindled childhood friendship between hedonistic heiress Micky (Tuppence Middleton) and shy, besotted Do (Alexandra Roach) degenerates into jealousy and recrimination, culminating in a row that leaves Do dead and Mickey scarred and amnesiac. Micky struggles to reconstruct her identity – but key pieces of the jigsaw are missing, and the only clues are being drip-fed to her by her dead aunt’s personal assistant (Kerry Fox), and a blackmailing bartender (Stanley Weber). Softley negotiates layers of deceit with skill, but an uncharacteristic visual and narrative tightness leaves one wondering what might have been.

Written by Nigel Floyd

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 12 July 2013
  • Duration:100 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Iain Softley
  • Screenwriter:Iain Softley
  • Cast:
    • Tuppence Middleton
    • Kerry Fox
    • Alexandra Roach
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