Saturday, 31 January 2015

Trap For Cinderella (2013)

Watching Trap For Cinderlla, I was immediately put in mind of those hip and beautiful, somewhat middle class psychological thrillers from the 1960s - Indeed, even the title sounds like it belongs to an old episode of The Avengers or a Tales From The Unexpected or something! So it came as little surprise to learn that Backbeat and Hackers director Ian Softley's film is based on a 1963 French novel by Sébastien Japrisot, and had been previously filmed in 1965 by André Cayatte as Piège pour Cendrillon. It's very much a story that feels like one of those tales Agatha Christie began writing about the jetsetting bright young things of the 1960s, like Endless Night.

Micky (Tuppence Middleton) a young woman suffering from amnesia, begins a tormented road to recovery, having survived a house fire  that took her childhood friend Do's (played by Alexandra Roach) life. Left with terrible injuries, Micky struggles to regain her memories and piece together what really happened. Soon she discovers that the fire may not have been an accident and that a sinister obsession may have cost her more than she knows.

The obsessive drama is seductive enough helped immeasurably by a beautiful and talented young cast that includes Middleton (barely dressed, which was an added bonus for yours truly) Roach and Aneurin Barnard with some solid support from older hands like Kerry Fox, but the initial twist in the tale occurred to me incredibly early on (the clue's in the title really) giving the film an elegant but somewhat hollow, lifeless air. By the time the story becomes a little more labyrinthine (and more preposterous) I found it a little hard to care.  A shame, this cast deserve better. Still, it only cost me £2!

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