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Rebecca

  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • 2020
  • Ben Wheatley
  • 122 mins
  • 12A

Summary

A young newlywed arrives at her husband's imposing family estate on a windswept English coast and finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca, whose legacy lives on in the house long after her death.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Ben Wheatley returns us to the infamous Manderley in an intriguing marriage of director and material. Better known for boundary pushing fare like Kill List, Wheatley offers his own spin on Daphne du Maurier's classic novel, which was unforgettably brought to the screen by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940. Lily James plays a lady's companion who becomes the wife of wealthy widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer) and is whisked away to the aforementioned estate. There, she encounters Mrs Danvers (a typically formidable Kristin Scott Thomas), Manderley's wicked housekeeper, who is still maniacally in thrall to the previous Mrs de Winter. Grandly shot by Laurie Rose, this is certainly an eye-catching production, featuring lovely and distinctive costume design. James is a convincing lead, quivering in the presence of Danvers before showing some guts, but Hammer is less an enigma than a blank, and Wheatley feels constrained by the source material. Nevertheless, his final-act flourishes add urgency and a welcome touch of feminist zeal.

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Credits

Cast

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Mrs de WinterLily James
Maxim de WinterArmie Hammer
Mrs DanversKristin Scott Thomas
BeatriceKeeley Hawes
Mrs Van HopperAnn Dowd
Jack FavellSam Riley
Frank CrawleyTom Goodman-Hill
Inspector WelchMark Lewis Jones
Dr BakerBill Paterson
GrannyJane Lapotaire

Crew

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DirectorBen Wheatley

Details

Released on
2020-10-21
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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