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Love’s strange na­ture plays out in dra­matic lo­ca­tions in this gothic ro­mance

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MY COUSIN RACHEL DI­REC­TOR: ROGER MICHELL NA­TION­WIDE RE­LEASE: JUNE 9

Stun­ning shots of the glit­ter­ing south coast take pride of place in this at­mo­spheric adap­ta­tion of Daphne du Mau­rier’s dark tale of love and sus­pi­cion.

Our pro­tag­o­nist Philip (Sam Claflin), mourns the pass­ing of his cousin Am­brose, the cir­cum­stances of which are shrouded in mys­tery. Rachel Weisz is suit­ably enig­matic as Am­brose’s be­witch­ing widow, Cousin Rachel, who vis­its her hus­band’s Cor­nish es­tate to meet his pro­tégé.

Philip is plagued by doubts as to what role Rachel played in the un­timely death of his fa­ther fig­ure. His pas­sion for the land was once para­mount, but when this al­lur­ing widow en­ters his life, all is tu­mult. De­spite his fury, he finds him­self charmed. The pre­vi­ously mas­cu­line es­tate falls at her feet – even the dogs adore her. But the up­heaval has dan­ger­ous con­se­quences.

The scenery is spec­tac­u­lar, the cast com­pelling. Claflin ranges from doe-eyed to dole­ful and de­struc­tive, while Weisz adroitly walks the line be­tween soul­ful hu­man and in­scrutable en­chantress. De­spite its rather ex­treme char­ac­ters, the pace of the tale can be slow, but its beauty makes it em­i­nently watch­able. Pro­duc­tion edi­tor Maria Hod­son

Sam Claflin and Rachel Weisz in My Cousin Rachel

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