My Cousin Rachel


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The female of the species is more deadly than the male. Is she really? The heroine of Daphne du Maurier’s 1951 novel is suspected of being a poisoner – a black widow who’s bumped off her hubby. But the real killer in du Maurier’s tale of obsessive love in the Victorian era is the claustrophobically adoring men who want to control Rachel and maintain patriarchal power over women. This clever, well-acted adaptation, written and directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill), is a little too elegant, all bonnets and breeches, but it does nail the spirit of the novel. Philip (Sam Claflin) is the nephew out to investigate the death of his uncle, only to fall head over heels as soon as he meets the woman in question.

Is Rachel a proto-cougar or a victim of misogyny? Weisz says enough with her eyes to let you know whose side she’s on. This is fresh and un-stuffy mostly, but it could have done with a pinch more danger.

The bottom line
A decent period thriller with a great cast.

By Cath Clarke
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

My Cousin Rachel

  • Duration: 106
  • Released: Thu, 07 Sep
  • Language: English
  • Director: Roger Michell
  • Stars: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger

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