U.S./U.K., 2017, 106 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Roger Michell, PG-13, Fox Searchlight Pictures
"It's a kind of post-Freudian Jane Austen. On one level it's a period thriller ... but on another, it's a conversation about sexuality, about women's freedom in a man's world, about issues of women's power. I wanted Rachel to feel like a woman from 2017 ... who fell to earth." – Roger Michell
Steeped in Daphne du Maurier's enveloping atmosphere of desire and suspicion, My Cousin Rachel tells the story of Philip (Sam Claflin, Their Finest), a naive young bachelor struggling to determine if his deceased guardian's charming widow Rachel (Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz) is either the woman of his dreams ... or a cold-blooded killer and inheritance-chasing gold-digger. But when Rachel arrives to visit the estate of her late husband, Philip meets a woman who seems nothing like the black-hearted poisoner of his guardian's deathbed ravings. His feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling helplessly and obsessively in love with her. Adapting one of the most popular novels by the author of Rebecca, The Birds and Don't Look Now, director Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Le Week-End) embraces the book's thrilling ambiguity, a spell du Maurier never breaks. The search for the truth torments Philip - as well as the viewer - and haunts the film's final moments.
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