Daphne du Maurier was masterful in gradually unfolding a tale with myriad twists and turns to ratchet up suspense. Her novel ‘My Cousin Rachel’ tells of how a young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin’s beautiful and mysterious widow whom he suspects of murder, only to become besotted with her. Rachel Weisz puts in an immense performance as the enigmatic Rachel, by turns compassionate and sinister, while Sam Caflin plays the immature and impressionable young man under the spell of this fascinating older woman.
Sumptuous period settings and the beautiful vistas of South Coast do not make this a period piece, for Rachel is a thoroughly modern woman, and one is constantly wrestling with whether to feel compassion or antipathy towards her. ‘Did she or didn’t she?’ Come and find out at Cinema Nairn’s film on Friday 16th March 7.30pm at Nairn Community and Arts Centre.
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