(2017) (Sam Claflin, Rachel Weisz) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A man ends up falling for his cousin's widow despite believing the woman might have killed his relative and could now be trying to do the same to him.
- It's the 1800s and Philip Ashley (SAM CLAFLIN) has returned from university to live with his older cousin, Ambrose (also CLAFLIN), who raised Philip like a son after the boy was orphaned at a young age. But now older and with the cold weather affecting his health, Ambrose moves to warmer climes and keeps in touch with Philip via letters. Considering Ambrose had no need for women and Philip barely had any contact with them growing up on their remote estate, the young man is surprised to read that Ambrose has met a young widow, fallen in love with and then married her, and then grown increasingly concerned that she might be the end of him.
Having received a letter imploring him to come to his estate as soon as possible, Philip does just that, only to be informed by a stranger, Guido Rainaldi (PIERFRANCESCO FAVINO), that Ambrose is dead -- reportedly of a brain tumor -- and his once-again widowed wife, Rachel (RACHEL WEISZ), is not there at the sprawling, seaside estate. When he learns she's planning on visiting, Philip plots his revenge against the woman he believes killed his cousin. But when he finally meets Rachel, he quickly ends up falling for her and her for him, something that troubles Philip's godfather, Nick Kendall (IAIN GLEN), and that man's young adult daughter, Louise (HOLLIDAY GRAINGER), who's always had a thing for Philip who only sees her as a friend.
Their concern grows when Philip announces that upon his 25th birthday -- when he'll fully inherit his late cousin's estate -- he plans to give everything to Rachel. And once that's official, Philip grows increasingly concerned that she very well could be slowly poisoning him. From that point on, and still desperate for her love that now seems more distant now that she owns the estate, Philip tries to discern whether she's a cold-blooded and manipulative killer or a misunderstood widow.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens might, especially if they're into so-called "costume dramas" or might be a fan of anyone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For some sexuality and brief strong language.
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