My Cousin Rachel is a remake of the 1952 film of the same name that starred
Richard Burton and Olivia de Havilland based on the novel by Daphne du
Set on a large family estate that’s perched high on the Cornish coast the
dark thriller sees Rachel Weisz playing the title role with Sam Clafin as
her love struck cousin, Philip, who as an orphan is adopted and raised by
his older cousin Ambrose.
When Ambrose takes ill his doctor recommends that he moves to the warmer
climate of Florence.
Leaving Phillip in charge of the sprawling estate the only contact he has
with his cousin is via letters.
One of the first letters that arrive tells him that he has married a woman
called Rachel (Weisz).
Further letters then start to arrive each claiming that Rachel is poisoning
him in order to steal his fortune. Philip then heads off to Italy to see
his cousin however when he arrives he receives the tragic news that his
cousin has died from a brain tumour.
Returning to the family estate, which he now inherits, despite evidence to
the contrary, he vows revenge on his cousin’s ex-wife.
Soon after, and to his surprise, Rachel arrives at his door and instead of
the ugly person that he has imagined, Rachel turns out to be stunningly
beautiful and charming woman and after a short time in her company Philip
forgets all is grievances against her and falls in love.
What follows is a haunting thriller as director Roger Mitchell keeps the
suspense going right until the final scene, is Rachel all that she seems on
the surface or underneath the perfect veneer is she a conniving murderer
who’s out to fleece Phillip of everything that he has?
Weisz gives a mesmerising performance in a film that bears comparisons to
another Daphne du Maurier novel, Rebecca, which Alfred Hitchcock filmed in
My Cousin Rachel is a fantastic and stylish Hitchcockian type drama that
the great master would have been proud to put his name to. Don’t miss.