My Cousin Rachel is an adaptation of a Daphne Du Maurier novel of the same name that was published in 1951. This American- British film stars Rachel Weisz as Rachel, Sam Claflin as her cousin Philip, Iain Glen as Ambrose and Holliday Granger as Louise among others. The novel ‘My Cousin Rachel’ was first adapted into a film in 1952 and starred Olivia de Havilland as Rachel and Richard Burton as Philip.
The plot of the film which is a dark romance is infused with elements of goth, mystique, unpredictability and a man’s helpless obsession. The film is about Philip, an Englishman, who wants to seek revenge against his cousin Rachel, who he believes is responsible for the death of his guardian Ambrose (he receives mysterious letters from him when he gets sick),who she was married to. But when he comes in contact with her, Philip is strangely infatuated by her mysterious aura and charm. Does he indulge in an incestuous affair with her? Rachel is a bewitchingly stunning and self assured lady. What is in the tea that she loves to offer Philip that makes him hallucinate? Did she poison Ambrose? Will she poison Philip too? These are some of the questions the movie will attempt to answer. Take a look at the intriguingly dark trailer of this forbidden romantic tale set in the backdrop of the beautiful English countryside:
Crew of ‘My Cousin Rachel’:
Director: Roger Michell of Notting Hill fame
Producer: Kevin Loader, Fox Searchlight Pictures
Writer: Roger Michell
Cinematography: Mike Eley
Release Date: June 9
Academy award winning actress Rachel Weisz has already been receiving rave reviews for the film for her fascinating portrayal of Rachel. She keeps the audience guessing till the end if she is just a misunderstood widow or the gold- digging cold blooded murderer.
My Cousin Rachel releases in select theaters this friday.