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“Did she? Didn’t she? Who was to blame?”

What is this movie about? my_cousin_rachel

A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin’s mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

 

  • Why should you watch it?

A movie based on a book is always a challenge to make. Even more if you are basing it in one of Daphne’s Du Maurier novels, plus if there is already a movie adaptation from the 50’s hanging over your head starring Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton.

The story is something we are used to in Du Maurier’s works: a thriller. A mysterious thriller that may not be as intense as other works from her like “Rebecca” or “The Birds”, but it still provides us a good and maybe even more realistic story: A family member who has wedded too soon somebody unknown to the rest of the family and then passed away. Was it a murder committed by the new wife? Was it an accident? Was it natural? We keep watching the movie in order to obtain some answers to our questions. The plot moves really slowly and might exasperate you, but this is what makes the novel interesting, isn’t it? Just wanting to know what really happened. The claustrophobic sensation one gets while reading is something that the movie really tries to catch showing the audience the same style, but unfortunately this style might make you yawn at some point because you will feel like nothing is moving forward.

We get introduced to the main character in a maybe rushed way at the beginning of the film. It isn’t until later one, when the tittle characters makes apparition, that our attention is totally drawn into the screen. Character Rachel has us mesmerized because actress Rachel gives a mysterious performance surrounding the character. She is the soul of the movie, who is followed by an invisible mist that never seems to leave her alone; one that we cannot wait to penetrate. Opposite her is Sam, who really tries his best, but he is no Richard Burton.

This movie is not a bad one. It is just that comparisons are rough and of course, when you are comparing yourself and even competing against an almost masterpiece, you will probably fail.

 

 

  • Did you know?

– Remake of the 1952 movie of the same title with Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton

– The white horse Rachel Weisz rides in the film had been trained for the TV series Game of Thrones (2011) and was taught to ‘play dead’ when its rider tugged hard on the left rein. Being unaware of this, at one point Rachel got partially trapped under the horse’s left flank for a brief period after it rolled over onto its left side.

– The film was shot on location in Cornwall.

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