One of my absolute pleasures on board ship is going to the cinema and seeing films that are set in locations I have visited on a cruise. They show films throughout the day and in the evening so it doesn’t have to be a choice between the theatre or a film. You can easily do both. I watched My Cousin Rachel on the Aurora. My Cousin Rachel was a well acted, well-directed thought-provoking film. I am still in two minds about the motives of Rachel and when I saw Rachel Weisz interviewed she would not reveal whether she thought Rachel was a good but misunderstood character or a scheming evil one. See what you think!
Basically, the plot is a young Englishman, Phillip, an orphan played by Sam Claflin, was adopted by his cousin Ambrose, a Devon landowner who he loves and adores. Ambrose becomes ill and is advised to go and live in Tuscany as the temperature will be better for his health. He meets and falls in love with an Italian half-cousin, Rachel and he writes to tell Phillip about this wonderful woman he has met. He marries her but then becomes ill and dies. Phillip is devastated and shortly before his death, his uncle writes a letter saying that his beautiful wife is poisoning him. Horrified, Phillip determines to find out the truth. He goes to Italy but comes back unsatisfied. A while later Rachel announces she is coming to visit. At first, he is against her but then falls completely under her spell. She manages to persuade him that his uncle went doolally in the later stages of his illness and that she is completely innocent and he starts to give her money and jewellery. I don’t want to spoil it for you but watch and decide for yourself if she is innocent or guilty. I am not going to tell you the ending. The film stars Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger. You might just want to travel to Florence and re live some of the films atmosphere on a cruise to La Spezia. (from there you can also get to Pisa). Sadly we were not filming travel shows when we went to Florence, but I will dig out the stills and do a blog and explain how to get there by train.
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BOOKS SET IN FLORENCE My Cousin Rachel is set in partly in Florence; see film review above, this film plays on ship. Kindle under £6 book also available here