MY COUSIN RACHEL

PG-13/ 106 Minutes
Directed by: Roger Michell
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin

Showtimes

  • Thursday, June 22: (5:30), 8:00

 

A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

'My Cousin Rachel' is a relatively creepy look at British cultural history

★★★½ out of 4 stars

Handsomely mounted, beautifully cast and tautly directed, “My Cousin Rachel” gives us a piece of British cultural history in the form of a chilling period mystery. Heavy with the weight of cruelty that we feel certain is coming, it shows that jealousy, suspicion and heedless desire may put even the most beautiful people in jeopardy, and that simple naiveté might have menacing effects. Based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier (whose bookshelf has given us such haunting films as “The Birds,” “Rebecca” and “Don’t Look Now”), it plays like a fever dream wrapped inside a sharp thriller. Set in rural England in the 1830s, it is about a love affair that slowly, surely builds to tragedy. Michell applies a Hitchcockian level of anxiety. We are kept as confused as Philip while he tries to piece together the puzzle. The splendid production design draws us into a world where fine dress could conceal dangerous thoughts, baleful intentions were expressed in the most genteel way and unrequited love could carry the darkest consequences. - - Colin Covert / Star Tribune

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