That’s the set-up for twisty film-noir-style thriller Trap for Cinderella, a contemporary updating of a 1962 novel by Sébastien Japrisot, the ‘French Graham Greene’.
As the victim struggles to recover her memory, English writer-director Iain Softley (Backbeat, The Wings of the Dove) offers teasing clues to the mystery while exploring the girls’ ambivalent friendship through flashbacks.
Taking some startling turns, the plot is ludicrously far-fetched, but despite some plodding dialogue, committed performances from leads Tuppence Middleton and Alexandra Roach (in roles previously envisaged for the pairings of Gemma Arterton and Jessica Chastain, and Felicity Jones and Imogen Poots) make this tale of jealousy and betrayal a heady treat.
Released on DVD and Blu-ray by Lionsgate UK on Monday 4th November.
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