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A Film Diary

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Watched: 22 November

This Daphne du Maurier adaptation has its moments of high drama, and it contains a typically-spot on performance by Rachel Weisz, who plays the Italian woman referenced by the title. We first encounter her as she is accused of malpractice – suspected of having had a hand in her husband’s death – by her Cornish relative, played with some skill by Sam Claflin; and the film has its brief moments of intrigue as the story, which concentrates on the relationship between the two, plays out. Sadly, though, I found it mostly dull, and kept thinking of another recent period piece about a smart, manipulative woman living temporarily in a similar-sized estate: Lady Macbeth. I wish My Cousin Rachel had some of that film’s sexually-charged drama and constant sense of threat and impending danger. (**½)

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