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My Cousin Rachel

Roger Michell

If there is any filmmaker who could confidently bring Daphne du Maurier’s darkly passionate novel My Cousin Rachel to the big screen, it is Roger Michell. Best known for the light-hearted Notting Hill, Michell’s filmography also includes the complex Enduring Love and bittersweet Le Week-End.

"Atmospheric and deliciously brooding..."

First published in 1951, the book is a tragedy-laced story of suspicion and mystery played out at an estate in Cornwall. Philip (Their Finest’s Sam Claflin), a young man raised by his beloved uncle, is devastated when he receives news that he has died suddenly abroad. When his uncle’s mysterious younger wife Rachel (Rachel Weisz) arrives to England to meet the family, Philip, although initially suspicious about her motives, finds himself drawn to her. Naive and inexperienced with women, Philip quickly becomes infatuated and is soon willing to risk everything, including his inheritance, to secure his new cousin's affections. 

Perfectly capturing the novel’s classic gothic tone, My Cousin Rachel is atmospheric and deliciously brooding. Weisz is, without a doubt, the ideal choice to embody the unknowable outsider who turns Philip’s life upside down. Her performance, a delicate balance of vulnerability and dangerous menace, would have made du Maurier proud.