Friday, August 21, 2009

Rebecca (Movie)

She is alone in the world, her parents dead with no relations to speak of. No longer a girl, yet not quite a woman, she is employed as a companion when she meets Maxim de Winter. Her life changes unalterably soon after the fact. They marry, then move to Manderley, Maxim’s family estate. It doesn’t take long for her to learn that the house holds secrets. Secrets that should remain forever hidden but don’t.

I read Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier around a year or so ago. I remember being completely delighted and a bit scared by the book. After watching the movie, I definitely think it's time for a reread.

As I watched the movie I felt like I got to know the main character intimately, despite the fact that I was deprived of the simple knowledge of her name. The actor that played her was also in the 1995 Pride and Prejudice as Georgiana Darcy. That was a very pleasant surprise.

The plot in this story is absolutely fascinating. My mom watched this movie with me, and the entire time she was making assumptions, trying to figure out where the movie was headed. She always ended up being wrong. The ending to the movie was a lot more comprehensive than that of the book. I enjoyed having just a tiny bit more closure on the book, although there are still so many questions I want answered.

Rebecca is one of those films that keeps you thinking even after the movie ends. I most definitely recommend. You won't be disappointed.

This film was reviewed as part of Movie Monday being sponsored by Michelle Zink, author of Prophecy of the Sisters, and hosted by Shelly from Write for a Reader through the month of August.

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