My Cousin Rachel

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Date(s) - 18/02/2018
10:15 am - 1:00 pm

Hampstead Everyman Cinema


The Society of Analytical Psychology presents:

An exclusive screening of the Daphne du Maurier novel


Poster for film "My Cousin Rachel"My Cousin Rachel, 2017© Copyright 20th Century Fox

Sunday 18 February, 2018, 10.15 am to 1.00 pm

The story pits a young master of a neglected house (Sam Claflin) against his late uncle’s captivating widow, an enigmatic, unknowable woman whose ambiguity is at once fiercely modern and somewhat alien; this is a tale of male sexual innocence and feminine, dark, sensual presence. “This saucily subversive dark romance mixes old-fashioned costume intrigue with lustily modern psychological twists and post-Freudian thrills” (Mark Kermode).

his new screen version of Du Maurier’s narrative.  His diverse CV ranges from the romcom Notting Hill to the psychodrama Enduring Love via the provocative The Mother.

The screening will be followed by a special Question & Answer session with three Jungian Analysts from the SAP: Dr. Coline Covington, Rupert Tower (Grandson of Daphne du Maurier) and Christopher Perry.

Rupert Tower writes:

The 2017 film “My Cousin Rachel” is based upon the book by Daphne du Maurier. This mysterious psychological drama has overtones of her famous novel “Rebecca”.  It revolves around a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, Rachel, believing that she murdered his guardian, Ambrose. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

Du Maurier’s book maintained a deliberate and sustained ambiguity throughout that is also evident in the film. Michell’s direction conjures a knowingly nostalgic cinematic landscape that is also fiercely modern in its exploration of psychological themes such as projection, gender, sexuality and identity, fuelled by the dynamics of an unconscious Oedipal Triangular Complex. It also contains gothic themes of doubling, the macabre and the uncanny.  It challenges the viewer to comprehend what is fantasy and what is reality.

Du Maurier claimed that it was the most “emotionally-felt book” she had ever written, as she struggled creatively with several complex identifications within herself as expressed by the characters of her imagination.

These will be some of the themes that will be discussed in the Q&A following the film showing.

Click here for a review from the Guardian.

Tea, coffee and pastries will be provided



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