Pierfrancesco Favino

Rachel Weisz beguiles in Roger Michell's romantic thriller 'My Cousin Rachel'

Rachel Weisz beguiles in Roger Michell's romantic thriller 'My Cousin Rachel'

Its title couldn't be more innocuous and genteel, but don't be taken in. Anchored in an exceptionally persuasive performance by Rachel Weisz, "My Cousin Rachel" is not only a triumphant exercise in dark and delicious romantic ambiguity, the pitfalls of being taken in are what this melodramatic thriller is all about.

First filmed more than 60 years ago with Olivia de Havilland in the title role and based on a novel set a century earlier, "My Cousin Rachel" has not only refused to date, it has if anything extended its relevance.

In fact, as written and directed with intelligence, zest and craft by Roger Michell and making expert use of Weisz's impeccable...

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