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Trap for Cinderella (2013)

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A young girl suffering from amnesia after surviving a house fire that takes her childhood friend's life, begins a tormented road to recovery.

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A young girl suffering from amnesia after surviving a house fire that takes her childhood friend's life, begins a tormented road to recovery.

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Version of Piège pour Cendrillon (1965) See more »

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At Home (Acoustic)
Composed by Sebastian Pringle (as S. Pringle), Gilbert Vierich (as G. Vierich), Graham Dickson (as G. Dickson)
Performed by Crystal Fighters
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Alexandra Roach has a possessive love relationship with Tuppence Middleton
26 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Critic John Grant's "Noirish" blog alerted me to this as a neo-noir, so I checked it out. It's an intriguing movie, with very good performances and a complex scenario involving flashbacks that involve 3 periods of time.

The first period was years earlier when Alexandra Roach and Tuppence Middleton were little girls and close friends. They looked very much alike. Roach couldn't swim and Middleton could. In one childhood incident, Middleton scared her friend by pushing her under the water while supposedly teaching her how to swim, an exhibition of childhood cruelty and dominance. Another serious incident occurred when the two girls came across Middleton's rich aunt making love with Roach's father. Middleton tattled on him and the result was the man's suicide. One can understand that Roach may have harbored some deep but perhaps unrealized hatred of Middleton.

The second period is years later and not quite the present. In this period, the two girls are grown to adulthood, twentyish. They meet by accident in London. Both are very pleased to see one another again. Alexandra Roach is the quieter and plainer of the two. Middleton is a vivacious, free-wheeling, self-absorbed woman who likes the party scene of young adults of the 60s. As Middleton changes Cinderella more into her image, Roach displays a passionate and possessive love attachment to Middleton. It's unanswered physically by Middleton. Instead Middleton runs off with various men as she pleases, leaving Roach to fend for herself at parties and elsewhere.

The third period is the present, and the transition to it from period two is a fire that takes the life of one of these women. The other one survives and is having surgery. Her face is that of Middleton's character and she is told by the press agent of the rich aunt that she is Middleton. The woman has amnesia and remembers nothing except flashes of the past.

Is she or is she not Middleton? Who died in the fire? What were the circumstances of this fire? Who will get the rich aunt's inheritance, for she has passed on? What's the press agent's stake in this?

All such questions will be answered and answered clearly by the end of the movie. This is a mystery. We as viewers do get significant clues as the story plays out.

The heart of the story is the relationship between Roach and Middleton: Bosom buddies, love of two different kinds, two different motivations for their relationship, two very different kinds of women.

The screenplay gives us just enough to get some sort of a fix on their motivations. I wish it had given us more, so that we'd understand more deeply. As it stands, its plausibility is not as high as I prefer. It's a decent mystery-thriller without any police to speak of. The investigation and detective part of it is mainly via Middleton reading a diary, whereupon we enter into flashbacks.


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