[Said in my best British accent… which is a decidedly convoluted mix of Michael Palin and John Cleese doing their old woman accent…]). Need to read the book.) A dark romance, MY COUSIN RACHEL tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. is spoil movies for people… I plan to walk you through what actually happened in this movie, and then I’ll walk you through what happened in both Phillip’s head, and Rachel’s head. His legs were dizzy already . When Philip gets there, Ambrose has died, and Rachel is gone. With the film, the skip in time further reinforces the departing idea that Philip will never have closure. And, yes, a final shot of Rachel would have underlined their mutual love and ultimate loss. It’s an enjoyable read. Fast forward and he is married to Louise with children. Now it is true that guys can be quite quick to go all wobbly in the knees when it comes to Rachel Weisz, I know where you are coming from. (It also killed Ambrose’s father.) Well, there is one theory that has not been mentioned. I highly recommend reading the book. Later, Louise does make it clear that Rachel had enquired about the formalities of the will and how the estate would revert back to Philip if she married him. I mean, I am. The amazing ability to conjure up mood is what makes My Cousin Rachel more harrowing than the plot might suggest.
Another Earth Movie Explanation and Discussion. The letters tell everything anyone would ever need to know about what happened! This made those around him who loved him suspicious of rachel’s motives. Rachel was after his money! She didn’t sabotage him actively. As it happens, du Maurier’s novel “My Cousin Rachel” has an entirely different and hookier opening line: “They used to hang men at Four Turnings in the old days.” One feature of this movie, written and directed by Roger Michell , is—I’m assuming here—a new conception of … The ending is one which calls into question guilt and morality. And Rachel leaves. By now you’ve watched Chr. When Louise and he finds out that he could be being poisoned, there’s a scene in which Rachel makes that tea for them. In the last act, he encourages her to ride out on a trail which had proven treacherous earlier in the film. Also, in Louise’s defense in the movie, at the end when they realize Rachel may not have had ill will toward Philip at all, and Philip admits to sending Rachel to the dangerous cliff, Louise cries, “what have you done?” to Phiip. And it isn’t going to be good. The letter Philip reads in the end before Rachel’s death supports this. In that moment I felt sorry for Louise. If you believe someone is poisoning you, you may steer them on a dangerous path in hopes they will kill themselves, even though you know there is a chance they may survive. The worst bit? What I feel is that even until death, this woman was wearing a convenient mask from which nobody completely understood her or had any real evidence about her motives. The surprise twist. Almost like she knew it was poisoned. The first is that they now have the death certificate, and it states that the cause of death is a brain tumor. So, I read My Cousin Rachel in the 1960s and recently found a copy in my branch library. I agree with your conclusion taylor. So, my theory, is that Rachel is bad but not the villain… she manipulated a virgin boy to give her the estate that she probably thought was rightfully hers, but she wasn’t trying to poison or kill him and she didn’t kill Ambrose. Louise was not the bad guy here After watching it 4 times Im sure! My Cousin Rachel: Review June 17, 2017 by Emma Let me start this review by saying that I haven’t read Daphne du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel, so I have no point of comparison between the book and the movie – as a bookworm at heart this disturbs me, to say the least. She got her man even traumatized or still ill, the kids like someone said in comments dressed to the nines. His sudden love and passion for Rachel was the first clue that he was unstable. While Philip is a young boy with absolutely no experience in women, he’s easily drawn to Rachel’s charm. What does it say about our predispositions and our assumptions even today, let alone 50 years ago, let alone 150 years ago. In fact, I'd say the atmosphere was a character in itself, playing strongly in shaping the reader's feelings and mindset. And you know what? Nothing more. Ambrose goes away to Italy, marries there, and a few years later sends a letter to Philip intimating that he is in danger, and asking Philip to come to Italy straight away. He narrates the book, and it is my firm conclusion that his mental illness fairly jumps off the page. In the end, after all those years he is still uncertain of Rachel’s innocence and his doubt haunts him like a ghost. Please visit Simon’s blog for links to other 1951 books — this builds up a wonderful picture of a particular moment in time, through the … DFW 'Canes. But Phillip places a clause in the will, that if Rachel ever marries, everything would revert back to himself. Addressing the second point, I believe Ambrose was already sick before he met Rachel , a tumor in his head ” had affected his thinking “( from the movie), and therefore through his hazed thinking, he had concluded that without any further evidence. She was poisoning him. Jump to the ending, and Rachel heads out for a horse ride before heading down to London, and Phillip recommends the cliff pass. I HATE THIS WOMAN, SHE KILLED MY FATHER! Odd. My Cousin Rachel, based on the book by ... My Cousin Rachel, Lady MacBeth 2017 Movies Wife Sexism. Because Philip is the ill, not Louise , the heavily -endorsed herb drink was made specially for Philip to drink . Both men are contented bachelors until a woman named Rachel lures Ambrose into a sudden marriage that ends tragically. Willing to sort out the truth, Philip goes to Ambrose's place but he does not find Rachel… Well, ok, I’ll have a necklace, but only because it will make you happy. Because… you see… duh… he figured, Rachel would obviously want him, and that she wouldn’t care if the money was hers, or his… but that the money would slosh from him, to her, to him again, in one big happy love fest. My Cousin Rachel is a gothic novel that examines the relationship between Philip, a naïve young Englishman, and his older cousin’s widow, Rachel, a worldly Italian woman who may have murdered his cousin. But, falling ill, he heads to Italy and falls for a woman. With Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger, Iain Glen. She was not innocent at all. Did she? my cousin rachel movie ending explained. Most reviews talk about not being sure about Rachel. A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin's mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death. Phil tries to get to her but alas, too late. It is weird how she runs to the lawyer first thing in the morning to clear her ‘doubts’ on the will. Man. One rather feels she faces sex with her young lover with a sigh not of anticipation and arousal, but forbearance and resignation. In fact, Rachel served him tea BECAUSE he was sick. But when she arrives at their home, Philip forgets all that and is instantly smitten with this dowager Queen of a woman. My Cousin Rachel, directed by Roger Michell, is the second film version of Daphne du Maurier’s 1951 novel. Alas, the reverse is true: The contradictory evidence seems not keenly ambiguous but merely contradictory. Like life no one can be marked as the complete villain or innocent. Philip, I feel, felt insecure about this & drove himself mad with his deep desire & obsession with Rachel. There he meets and marry Rachel, a half-Italian cousin of his. She will take a lover if she wishes, & not feel guilty. I think Louise and Nick were suspicious of Rachel but not malicious. He is bad b/c he led her to her death but in that moment he was convinced she was a murderer and he was next. And I even enjoyed Lady Macbeth so much that I compiled a list of movies similar to it. 2) ” someone who claims to be distraught over losing their husband then seduces his nephew” I always thought Rachel had a despair within her when Ambrose dead. Lave watched "My Cousin Rachel" and now he's telling you what he thought about it. They enchant you, hurt you, play the victim and they are even capable of making you apologize to them for hurting you. Ambrose had zero need for women. Phillip commented early on the everyone assumes he will marry Louise. Thus far in the book, Louise (and Louise alone) has supported Philip’s ramblings about Rachel murdering Ambrose. Along the way Phillip gets another letter from Ambrose, written before he passed away, talking about Rachel’s carelessness with money and that maybe, just maybe, she might be trying to poison him. While receiving the letters from his guardian/father Ambrose, Phillip began to get a very shady feeling about this Rachel woman whom Ambrose had “fallen in love with.” Some of his letters were frightened. _Did she? I HAAAAAaattteee, actually, never mind. Who’s to blame?_These are the key questions animating director Roger Michell’s My Cousin Rachel, and they are, by design, nearly as opaque at the film’s conclusion as they are at the start. Philip, through whose eyes the tale is told, is mentally unstable. Have something to tell us about this article? I took it as she mis-translated it on purpose so he would at last be hers and not Rachel’s. (Although one thing you said at the beginning wasn’t correct- Ambrose is the boy’s uncle in the film as well as in the book (he isn’t portrayed as the boy’s father. The repetitive theme of the film is the ambiguity. —L. Great job: I will get the DVD soon. Poor Louise and kids. They shot the horse which was badly injured in the fall. The only way is if Rachel didn’t actively redirect the estate away from Phillip. The novel continues to be celebrated in Cornwall where there is a five mile stretch in the Barton area called the My Cousin Rachel Walk. It is a sad and uncomfortable insight into the confusion mental illness can cause an individual. The wonderful birthday present, to her, just laying there during sex the next afternoon in the field. No they are both a$$holes. Rachel Carew married Ambrose Manaton of Kilworthy in 1690. Anyone in there two positions would be concerned about who this woman Rachel was and the effect she was having on Phillip. But My Cousin Rachel is a fascinating hybrid. ( Example of Rachel receiving money from Philip for the first time & Conversation of Philips and Rachel during the night that they fought ). How could this be? The look louise calmly gives to Philip whilst he is daydreaming at the end whilst travelling in their fine garbs could sum up the theory that him feeling ill began after he was professing his love for Rachel to Louise. 5) his uncle suspects the tea is poisoning him. Her look at the end could be viewed as one of victorious content. Was Rachel unraveling Phillip in order to fleece him of his money? Both are so beautifully written. In this film version, I did feel they missed the whole ‘of only’ aspect of their hot-to-trot relationship. The only other one I know of is the movie Doubt, where Philip Seymour Hoffman knew whether the priest was guilty and the other actors did not (which is also how they handle the stage play.) Then it showed Ambrose getting sick and being sent away to the sun for his health. So the word of a new My Cousin Rachel coming out seemed promising enough; casting Rachel Weisz as the title character was a brilliant stroke that convinced me there was a good chance the filmmakers knew just what they were doing. Ambrose goes away to Italy, marries there, and a few years later sends a letter to Philip intimating that he is in danger, and asking Philip to come to Italy straight away. Good. The entire exchange was so dubious. She didn’t siphon off the estate’s money. Hmmm…if not guilty, then why the ending line of I’m sorry as she rides off to her death? When Phillip’s voice over repeats the “did she or didn’t she” line, they focus on Louise across from him a little too long. That is just a dark reprieve from what Louise is about to realize about her prince charming, Phillip. The film was released in the United States and United Kingdom on June 9, 2017 by Fox Searchlight Pictures. And so it makes perfect sense that Phillip would direct Rachel to the cliff path for her ride. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The first film adaptation, Henry Koster's My Cousin Rachel starring Richard Burton and Olivia de Havilland, was released in 1952.Du Maurier and original director George Cukor reviewed a screenplay draft and found it unfaithful to the novel, with du Maurier declaring it "Quite desperate." More tea! That is very clear. was she? I believe the long look from Louise at the end was her wondering, “is he thinking about her again… he always thinks about her even to this day.” She is realizing even though Rachel is dead that Phillip is still in love with her. yes, I agree with you. I love films where one moment causes you to think back on the whole film with a different perspective. But on his 25th birthday, Phillip gives her everything. And so Phillip departs, and heads back to Cornwall. He was a good deal more complex than merely having “hissy fits”. The story has its origins in a portrait of Rachel Carew at Antony House in Cornwall, which du Maurier saw and took as inspiration. Which reinforces her love for money and potential infidelity which may have triggered her desire to poison his uncle in the first place. And who is this boy that is so pouty and forlorn? Now Phillip lost his mind over his love for Rachel and Rachel saw that the anger and abuse that Ambrose had was also in Phillip. She got what she wanted but that didn’t mean she had to ruin the boy… she just had to delicately over time get him to realize that she wasn’t going to be with him forever like he presumed. Sad! Louise loved Phillip and wanted Rachel out of the picture but she also let Phillip make his own decisions. First off, I am going to argue for my point through point taken from discussion from other website or this one for the team pro-Philips. This persuades him to consider her innocence again, but it’s too late… she dies in an accident on the path he urged her to travel. And now you’ve fallen ill my dear platonic Phillip? Rachel was happily content with her gay friend Rainaldi and her villa in the warm countryside villa Sangalletti. Chill the flip out.). (But then come back in all haste. Such conformist attitudes are particularly clear in Ambrose and Philip, who both have staunchly misogynistic views of women and feel perplexed (and even threatened) by Rachel’s independence and sexuality, which goes against the societal grain. Generally, the movie is about Ambrose Ashley, an owner of a large estate who is caring for his orphaned cousin Philip. When all of a sudden, Ambrose, a down on his luck, pale skinned Englishman, that is ill from some sort of British drama epidemic. Manipulators aim at gaining the innocent victim’s trust and affection to gain what they please. She wasn’t the villain, Phil by his obtuse jealousy ended up being the cause of her downfall. It was a good story, I really was shocked by the switch at the end. The entirety of the movie is 100% about the ambiguity between that love bit, and that dead bit. It's definitely worthy of a conversation anyway. But why would that be? There is a scene that shows Philip entering a room and hiding a letter. I also thought the same thing about the long focus on Louise. I believe in the era the film plays off, men were not as accepting of independent women, a role Rachel pursued relentlessly. Almost like she knew it was poisoned.”, I think this is simple. Shortly before his death, Ambrose manages to alert Philip: his wife is killing him slowly. He felt betrayed so he may not have been the villain until provoked at the end. Therefore…the inhabited body would have two different personalities, both Rachaels and Alices. Have I MENTIONED LATELY THAT HE’S GAY? 2) someone who claims to be distraught over losing their husband then seduces his nephew. It’s not just Philip Ashley, our narrator, who will never be able to answer his question about Rachel, but all of us, left by du Maurier suspended in uncertainty … I believe the story is meant to be ambiguous intentionally so I will give my take. I mean she just pulled his heart out still beating. It uses clunky devices out of a 19th-century melodrama, but its subject is modern: mistakes of perception and of metaphor. Maybe Alice has inhabited the second wife’s body. The first two efforts, in particular, are amongst the filmmaker’s most cherished and iconic offerings. Louise “translates” Rinaldi’s note to Rachel for Phillip. Verdict: Not as good as Rebecca. The jewels, the estate, everything. I think she cared for Phillip but more so the way you like a puppy and not a lover or husband (her words by the way). So, obviously, she is a villain that needs to die. Again not the actions of someone who is in pain despite her crocodile tears. Then again women change their minds. 5) he only begins getting sick after drinking the tea SHE serves him and is adamant about him drinking it. I honestly didn’t expect it to be a film I would talk about here. And I can’t believe they don’t give Weitz a final dying scene (as in the book & prior movie) to show her puzzled confusion, underscoring the ambiguity. That's O.K. While Philip has an aura of innocence, Rachel has a worldly persona and might have murdered her husband. The Pro-Phillip camp. (Wait, what? But Ambrose is certain she will be an evil witch. The ending makes you question all. though, because if I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times, the only thing better than a great movie, is a really bad one. The great cinematography of Joseph LaShelle enhances what the director set out to do in more ways than he probably imagined. And so they have. No, in fact, Rachel wasn’t trying to kill you. And now, having finally caught up with the movie, my response turns out to be a resounding "oh, okay then". My Cousin Rachel is a novel by British author Daphne du Maurier, published in 1951.Like the earlier Rebecca, it is a mystery-romance, set primarily on a large estate in Cornwall.. Philip, the protagonist of My Cousin Rachel, has been raised by his bachelor cousin Ambrose. He fell in love with me too? And secondly, that Ambrose had never changed the will in Rachel’s favor……. Better yet!? 1) the day after the uncle dies Rachel disappears without so much as a letter to his family of his demise. I have checked out the teasers in this Taylor Holmes website. When Philip gets there, Ambrose has died, and Rachel is gone. When re-reading Chapter 1, the pieces fell together and it was as plain as day to me. Ha! I have to say this modern version killed the story for me by rendering the misunderstandings between Ambrose and Rachel as frustrating and implausible. That is exactly the sort of movie we have here with My Cousin Rachel. One rather feels she faces sex with her young lover with a sigh not of anticipation and arousal, but forbearance and resignation. Didn’t she?”).
I guess this was important because it emphasized that Rachel was the first woman in his life. If she never had this mask on, anyone would have caught her before (in her previous marriages), i.e., even after she dies, Philip is left confused (“Did she? Lovers of literature will be all too familiar with the wonderful works of legendary English author Daphne du Maurier. Which, I probably ought to add My Cousin Rachel to that list retroactively. I had re-watched the movie to confirm my beliefs. And sure, Phillip, I get it that you don’t like Rainaldi Phillip… so I’ll keep him out of the way in the town. I will be reading more by Daphne du Maurier in the future, having also read The Birds and Other Stories . Philip, the protagonist of My Cousin Rachel, has been raised by his bachelor cousin Ambrose. Phillip and Rachel make love, and all is well in the world of Cornwall. I’d never heard of My Cousin Rachel before but the trailer immediately made me excited because Rachel Weisz and Crimson Peak vibes. Rachel seems to see their relationship as almost maternal and is also in no mood to give up the relative freedom that widowhood has bestowed on her. He was a child who never fell for a girl she knew better. Your email address will not be published. She was trying to kill him, wasn’t she? I recently took on the task of finding out whether Rachel was truly innocent in the movie. 1)”the minute she wakes up from their love making her first thought it to get clarification on the line item in the transfer of wealth” For this, I believe that Rachel had Philps’ jewelry all over the bed when she woke up, knowing that this is a crazy reaction from Phlips , she collected all the jewelry to return them and must be utterly shocked when she read the document and therefore must confirm what is ambiguous that she might have not known and therefore asks Kendall about them . She’s saying of COURSE we pin the blame on the independent woman. Rachel was seriously overdrawn. Odd and cold. My Cousin Rachel is a sensual film but not a very sexy one. And what of this Italian that she keeps returning to? 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So in the end, everyone is flawed or imperfect but nobody is a villain with purely malicious intent. Being single his whole life, Ambrose had never concerned himself with the need for a wife. I was struck by a wave of nostalgia and decided to re-read My Cousin Rachel myself. Of course, some have taken to twitter to praise or offer opinions on the ending of the story. 4) the minute she wakes up from their love making her first thought it to get clarification on the line item in the transfer of wealth. Louise and Nick’s negative disposition towards the way Rachel had Phillip wrapped around her finger were natural and justified viewpoints but not villainous. 12A Certificate ... His Dark Materials season 2 ending explained: Unpicking that epic finale 1h ago. I too have noticed only at the very end of the movie that it was Louise & her father who might have been behind the poisoning of Philip, & attempts at trying to turn Philip against Rachel. But with this movie, I think we got a bit of evidence that decidedly answers the question as to which theory is at work here. Nick was the one acting suspicious about Rachel and told Phillip he “asked around” about her. It uses clunky devices out of a 19th-century melodrama, but its subject is modern: mistakes of perception and of metaphor. Of course she’s the murderer, except she wasn’t. Also when Philip refuses and asks her to drink it she’s suddenly taken aback and changes the topic. Which is important because Philip assumed he was murdered, or something. My Cousin Rachel is a novel by British author Daphne du Maurier, published in 1951.Like the earlier Rebecca, it is a mystery-romance, set primarily on a large estate in Cornwall.. Louise was definetely not involved here… otherwise why she would read the note on Rachel’s favor, while Rachel was going towards the cliff?! Really do appreciate this review. Welp, that doesn’t go as expected. Although he had been convinced of her innocence involving Ambrose’s death throughout the narrative, he suddenly begins to have serious doubts. When Rachel returns from Italy alone, Philip is determined to be quickly rid of the witch and her herb-lore, but eventually finds himself trapped by the … If she never had this mask on, anyone would have caught her before (in her previous marriages), i.e., even after she dies, Philip is left confused (“Did she? This sparked new interest in the novel. And that’s what we have today with My Cousin Rachel. She was sending money out of the country! The point is that she doesn’t drink it after all. The cliff path you say? It makes me think to question her motives. I mean, look at Lady Macbeth! You can also subscribe without commenting. Take a second to support Taylor Holmes on Patreon! However, they discover that it was actually Ambrose who was unfaithful, not Rachel. Jeez…. Rachel has taken care of him, giving him special tea to help him get better. I believe the case can be made for all three characters. She was burying the family in debt to send the cash of the Cornwall estate out to the marauding Italians! My Cousin Rachel (1952) Plot Summary (4) A young man plots revenge against the woman he believes murdered his cousin, but his plans are shaken when he comes face to face with the enigmatic beauty. Louise may or may not have mistranslated the note – but the larger point may well be that Philip is constantly flailing around in response to things other people say. I liked it better after reading all your comments. Also this year I read lots of Japanese books and the majority of them have open endings. Parallel Movie Ending Discussed, and Explained - a messy multiverse portal film that gets itself coming and going, simultaneously. The real ending is at the beginning of the book. Little, Brown and Company Hachette Book Group, 1951. I think du Maurier was one of the 20th century’s greatest writers. This summer we are graced with a movie version of My Cousin Rachel, which delights me no end.The question is, what version of the story will we see? Though I am certainly going to say in the movie, it threw me in that I kinda trust none of the characters, including Philip and especially Rachel because he tears did appear to be crocodile in nature. So the magic of this film (and the book, though the ending of the book is a bit different… by that I mean, Rachel doesn’t die from falling off a cliff but rather from walking on an unstable garden trellis. Or was Phillip a paranoid schizophrenic? Nick planted the letters from Ambrose to make him believe Rachel was the dangerous one. I think money Rachael’s motive is secondary to love jealously motives of the other two characters. Ok? wasn’t she? Liked it? Had to read the book the moment the movie was over. 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