Film Review: Trap For Cinderella

trap for cinderella

Title: Trap For Cinderella

Cert: 15

Release Date: Friday 12th of July

British director Iain Softley has decided to return to hits roots with his newest film ‘Trap For Cinderella‘. The lure of Hollywood directing was so great in his early career that Softley hasn’t written or even used English actors since his debut in the 90s. HTF’s Adam White went along to the screening to see if he still held his English heritage.

At first glance you would never think this was Softley. A man who has worked with big American household names: Jolie, Spacey, Bridges, Fraiser, he felt it apt to approach the movie in a more cut back manner than his usual style. “I had the idea that I wanted to make the film very, very contemporary in feel. But to make it in a way that the New Wave films were made in France.” And in true new wave style Softley has gone for new, young, british actors.

As we could only expect from the veteran film maker though, he has done his homework. “My focus was to prioritise casting the [lead] character,” says Softley. Headlining the show are actresses Tuppence Middleton and Alexandra Roach. Middleton being nominated for the London Evening Standard Film Awards 2010 for Most Promising Newcomer and Roach recently playing the young Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’.

Based on the novel by Sébastien Japrisot, ‘Trap For Cinderella’ is a story of jealously and obsession. Set in both the gritty east end of London and the luxurious south of France, it tells the story of free spirit Mickey (Tuppence). A girl recovering from the aftermath of a terrible house fire. With very inconvenient amnesia she must find out who she is and what has happened to her life.

Full of twist and turns, this thriller is the epitome of decadent teenage life. A life that everyone thinks they want. A life that people will try and take. But never the life they expected. Mickey had it but lost it due to her memory, now she reads the diaries of her best friend Do, played by Roach, to try and find it again. A whirlwind of fun surrounded by the beautiful French riviera masks the begrudging resentment, as the apparent “best friend” is not what she appears.

The writing of ‘Trap For Cinderella’ is excellent, and makes one wonder why there hasn’t been more scripts from the director. Shot beautifully and set in two different social scenes, it really separates the story from the explanation. The dark discoveries made in London from the bright ignorance of France. A success in nonlinear storytelling that we would only expect from Iain Softley.

‘Trap For Cinderella’ is a real gem in British or even current world cinema. A foray into unknown scenes without preying on the pretentious. A great break in the quite randomly eclectic works of Softley’s back catalogue which is a breathe of fresh air for fans of film. The film hits cinemas in the UK on the 12th of July.


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