PRESENTED BY SCREEN NEXT THE SEA
at Alderman Peel High School,
Market Lane, Wells NR23 1RB
Directed by Roger Michell and staring Rachel Weisz, Sam Clafin, Iain Glen, Holliday Granger & Simon Russell Beale
A retelling of Daphne Du Maurier novel; there was an earlier version of this,made in 1952, starring Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton.
The story opens with Ambrose, (Glen) a wealthy landowner and guardian to his younger orphaned cousin Philip (Clafin) moving from Cornwall to Italy for the sake of his health.Years later,Philip receives a letter from Ambrose announcing that he has fallen in love with and married a distant relation, the eponymous Rachel (Weisz). Soon after,Philip learns that his guardian is dangerously ill but by the time he arrives in Italy Ambrose is dead and Rachel has left for England, bound for her deceased husband’s estate in Cornwall.
Racked by suspicion, Philip confronts Rachel,but he,too,soon finds himself under her beguiling spell.What is she? A femme fatale? A gold digger? A tease?
Thanks to skilled direction and first-rate performances, this period drama keeps the audience guessing throughout.