Film reviews: The Deep | Paris-Manhattan | Play | Trap For Cinderella

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The rest of this week’s film releases, reviewed by Siobhan Wynnot

The Deep (12A)

Star rating: * * * *

Hot Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur dramatises the true story of a fisherman (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) who attempts to swim for land in Arctic waters after his boat capsizes with its crew. A gripping journey through stormy waters and survivalist guilt, with some surprising black humour.

Glasgow Film Theatre and Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Friday until 18 July; Dundee Contemporary Arts, 19-25 July.

Paris-Manhattan (12A)

Star rating: * * *

Sophie Lellouche pays tribute to Woody Allen with an uneven story of a young Parisian pharmacist called Alice (Alice Taglioni) who takes romantic advice from a poster of Woody Allen she keeps on her bedroom wall. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask is her particular favourite. You might wonder why anyone would take advice on love from a man who married his wife’s daughter – you might as well take feminist tips from Sam Peckinpah – but more crucially this attempt to Re-Play It Again, Sam isn’t nearly as amusing as Allen’s early, funny films. Mind you, neither is Allen nowadays.

Dominion, Edinburgh, until Thursday; Glasgow Film Theatre, Friday until 18 July. Filmhouse, Edinburgh, 23-25 July.

Play (18)

Star rating: * * *

Ruben Ostlund’s racially charged drama caused a stir in Sweden last year by exploring the bullying techniques employed by young sons of immigrants who rob other children. It’s audacious, unsettling and perceptive, even if ultimately it poses more questions than it answers.

On selected release from Friday.

Trap For Cinderella (15)

Star rating: * *

Hapless, heavy-breathing erotic thriller about a young woman (Tuppence Middleton) who survives a housefire but loses her memory and her best friend. Piecing together her past reveals an eye-rolling melodrama dominated by flashbacks to childhood pal Do (Alexandra Roach). Even as a Sunday night TV drama, this feels overplayed and when Aneurin Barnard’s lawyer complains that Mickey and Do are an exhausting couple, many will nod in agreement.

On selected release from Friday.

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