Based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, with Rachel Weisz as the mysterious, beautiful widow who may (or may not) have poisoned her rich husband and may (or may not) now have designs on his young male heir. Strong feminist theme of women’s dependence on, or independence from, men.
For a film with overt themes of suspicion, paranoia, desire, and sexual anxiety, this is curiously lacking in passion and tension. The did-she or didn’t-she mystery at its heart never flares into life. Still, handsome scenes of sweeping Cornish moors and pounding surf.