My Cousin Rachel Ending Explained: Did Rachel Killed Ambrose?

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My Cousin Rachel Ending Explained
My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel is a 2017 romantic drama film written and directed by Roger Michell and based on Daphne du Maurier’s 1951 novel of the same name. Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Iain Glen, Holliday Grainger, and Pierfrancesco Favino are among the cast members. It was shot in Italy and England in spring 2016. On June 9, 2017, Fox Searchlight Pictures released the film in the United States and the United Kingdom. Weisz’s portrayal of the title character got good reviews.

Philip Ashley is orphaned at a young age and is fostered by his kind cousin Ambrose. Ambrose, who is still single, is ecstatic to have Philip as his heir, a guy who will like his mansion as much as he does. However, when Ambrose leaves on a trip to Florence, the two’s cozy world is destroyed. He falls in love and marries there, and then he dies unexpectedly. Philip prepares to visit his cousin’s widow with venom in his heart, resentful of his marriage, suspicious of the clues in Ambrose’s letters, and grief-stricken by his death. Philip is drawn to this gorgeous, smart, intriguing Rachel like a moth to a flame, despite himself. Could she, however, have played a role in Ambrose’s death? Or she didn’t. That’s the question we are going to answer.

My Cousin Rachel Plot

Regardless, Phillip resolves to express his love for Rachel and asks her to marry him that night with Nick and his daughter and Rachel. Welp, it didn’t turn out as planned. Rachel then walks away. Phillip finally becomes ill, and he goes in and out of a raving stupor before waking up. Rachel has looked after him and given him special tea to help him recover. Phillip, on the other hand, goes into paranoia mode, realizing that he is being victimized in the same way as Ambrose was. He was being poisoned by her. It has to be that way. Throughout the story, he had been sure of her innocence in relation to Ambrose’s death, but now he has severe concerns.

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My Cousin Rachel Ending Explained
My Cousin Rachel Ending

He encourages her to ride out on a trail that had proven dangerous earlier in the film in the final act. He watches her walk away and immediately begins searching through her possessions with Louise for any evidence that would support his accusations. However, they realize that it was Ambrose, not Rachel, who had been unfaithful. This convinces him to reconsider her guilt, but it’s too late… She is killed in a car accident while following the route he advised her to take. In the future, he is married to Louise and has children.

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My Cousin Rachel Ending Explained: Philip Led Rachel To Her Death

My Cousin Rachel’s ending is purposely vague. In the end, he is still doubtful about Rachel’s innocence after all these years, and his doubt haunts him like a ghost. The novel concludes with her death, but she addresses him as Ambrose just before she passes away. The film’s time jump underlines Philip’s lingering feeling that he will never find closure. Rachel is the last survivor of the truth. There are reasons to suspect she was innocent, but due to the seeds planted throughout the tale – the illness, etc.

The conclusion raises questions about guilt and morality. Philip deserved to be punished by doubt in Rachel’s absence because he brought her to her death without being certain of her misdeeds. The perceived roles of culprit and victim are reversed by executing such a vengeful and extreme action. While the viewer will never know that Rachel was wrong, we can now confirm that Philip is because of his actions. Our actions have consequences, and we will never achieve serenity unless we are inquiring rather than destructive.

My Cousin Rachel Ending Explained
Seaside where Rachel dies

The unexpected twist. Rachel was not attempting to murder Philip. What’s more, you know what? Actually, Philip was the one who was going nuts. He was the one with the brain tumor and the inexplicable crazy. What’s the worst part? In this tale, Phillip is the murderer. He sent her over the cliff trail on purpose. She was willingly sent to her death. So, what about that closing scene with the carriage? That’s only a gloomy diversion from what Louise is about to learn about Phillip, her prince charming. And it’s not going to be pleasant.

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