My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel

Roger Michell (2017)

101min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Rachel Weisz's eponymous widow remains inscrutable behind her dark veil in this gothic melodrama based on a Daphne du Maurier novel. Sam Claflin is dashing and dynamic as the young gent who inherits a country pile from his cousin but suspects he's been murdered by his Italian wife, Rachel. As soon as the lady wafts into the house, he becomes smitten. But is her affection genuine or is she only seducing him to gain control of the estate? Weisz is suitably enigmatic in her role, and the onus is on Claflin to keep us engaged despite his character's staggering naivety. Holliday Grainger brings gentle warmth as the sensitive yet steadfast girl that our lovestruck hero should be courting, while Iain Glen is a reliably solid presence as her father and executor of the estate. If Roger Michell's film doesn't quite spark and smoulder as it should, Claflin's brooding performance at least helps to draw you into the mystery.

Summary

Having sworn revenge against his relative's widow, a young Englishman finds his plans soon change after they finally meet. Drama based on the Daphne Du Maurier novel, starring Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin and Holliday Grainger.

Cast & Crew

Rachel Ashley Rachel Weisz
Philip D Ashley / Ambrose Ashley Sam Claflin
Louise Kendall Holliday Grainger
Nick Kendall Iain Glen
Enrico Rainaldi Pierfrancesco Favino
Couch Simon Russell Beale
Mrs Pascoe Vicki Pepperdine
Mary Pascoe Poppy Lee Friar
Belinda Pascoe Katherine Pearce
Director Roger Michell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Jun 2017
Drama