Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Byline: Charlotte O'Sullivan

THE TRUST Cert 15, 88 mins AN AWKWARD but noble attempt to give Nic Cage fans a jolt. The plot has a conscientious Las Vegas cop, Jim (Cage, suitably jaunty), pairing up with a depressed, recently divorced colleague (Elijah Wood) to investigate the peculiar behaviour of a drug dealer. What seems all set to be a kooky, bromantic heist thriller slowly changes gear in the second half.

There are surprises. Jerry Lewis plays Jim's dad I thought Lewis was dead already. I'm glad he's proved me wrong in a film that tries hard to be more than a killing joke.

THE DAUGHTER Cert 15, 95 mins SIMON Stone's understated debut is about the hazy way so many love affairs start, a haziness that retrospectively becomes a nightmare for whichever member of the couple thought the passions involved were crystal clear.

A re-imagining of Ibsen's The Wild Duck set in modern-day Australia, The Daughter is shot with more care than flair. It's hard to single out one actor or scene because the emotions are so interconnected and every link feels strong.

That said, we expect greatness from Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill and Miranda Otto, so it's worth stating that a trio you've probably never heard of (Ewen Leslie and Odessa Young, right, and Paul Schneider) will have you chewing your fingers from the get-go.

MON ROI Cert 15, 125 mins FRENCH movies detailing destructive affairs are two a penny but the story of tomboyish lawyer Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) and dazzling, bipolar chef Georgio (Vincent Cassel) stands out thanks to the blazing performances and a wealth of weird/authentic details. Skipping backwards and forwards in time, director/cowriter Maiwenn finds a way to make all the protagonists sympathetic even as their behaviour becomes ridiculous, brutal and dangerously irresponsible.

Louis Garrel is his enchanting self as Tony's cynical brother. The latter loathes Georgio. The twist is that when Maiwenn's camera lingers on Georgio's face we understand why even his naked foolishness makes Tony's eyes widen with regard. …

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