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Trap For Cinderella - Review

Trap For Cinderella

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

IAIN Softley has waited 12 years to make this psychological thriller based on the 1963 book by Sebastian Japrisot but the ensuing film is only partially successful.

On the plus side, Trap For Cinderella does boast two strong central performances from emerging British actresses Tuppence Middleton and Alexandra Roach. And it also has some nice ideas concerning identity and obsession.

But there are also times when the film struggles with plausibility and some of the twists are too easily telegraphed.

The story picks up as a woman named Micky (Middleton) awakes from an accident, an explosion at a house in the south of France, that has also claimed the life of her best friend Do (Roach). Suffering from amnesia, she attempts to put her life back together and slowly begins to recall the events that led to the ‘accident’.

Softley’s film is the type that works best the less you know about it and certainly keeps you entertained for long periods thanks in no small part to the sterling efforts of his young cast.

Middleton, especially, shines as the outgoing Micky, tapping into both a free-flowing sexuality and charisma as well as something a little more girl lost in her quieter moments. But she’s matched by Roach as the sweet, timid Do whose infatuation with her friend borders on the obsessive – but which also relates to a mystery childhood past between them.

Watch out, too, for eye-catching support from Welsh actor Aneurin Barnard as Micky’s lover, who finds himself increasingly frustrated by her relationship with Do, and from Kerry Fox, whose initial sympathy for Micky’s plight feels increasingly ambiguous.

As previously stated, Trap For Cinderella may be a little sign-posted for those with a firm grasp of the genre. And there are moments when implausibility and contrivance get the better of it, giving rise to the odd unwanted smirk.

But thanks to Middleton, especially, the film keeps you entertained and rates as an interesting showcase for some of Britain’s emerging young talent.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 100mins
UK Release Date: July 12, 2013