Starring: Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Goodman-Hill, Keeley Hawes, Sam Riley, Ann Dowd

OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆

Story:

Netflix’s romantic thriller directed by Ben Wheatley. After a whirlwind romance with a wealthy widower, Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), a newly married young woman, Mrs. de Winter (Lily James), arrives at Manderley, his imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. Naive and inexperienced, she begins to settle into the trappings of her new life, but finds herself battling the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, the elegant and urbane Rebecca, whose haunting legacy is kept alive by Manderley’s sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Kristin Scott Thomas).

 

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'Show me an eligible bachelor, and I will show you a room full of women acting like they’ve lost their minds.' - Mrs. Van Hopper (Rebecca) Click To Tweet 'Some people seem perfectly happy alone, while others just need someone to pass the time with. It doesn't matter who.' - Mrs. de Winter (Rebecca) Click To Tweet

 

Best Quotes


 

Mrs. de Winter: Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again. I dreamt that where our drive once lay, a dark and tortured jungle grew. Nature had come into her own, and yet the house still stood. Manderley. Secretive and silent as it had always been. Risen from the dead. Like all dreamers, I was allowed to pass through my memory. Spanning the years like a bridge. Back to that summer in Monte Carlo when I knew nothing and had no prospects.


 

Mrs. de Winter: I can see the girl I was so clearly, even if I no longer recognize her. And I wonder what my life would have been without Mrs. Van Hopper. Without that job. Funny to think that the course of my existence hung like a thread upon her curiosity. If it wasn’t for her, I would never have gone to Manderley, and would never have met you.


 

Mrs. Van Hopper: [referring to Max] Still heartbroken, by the look of it.
Mrs. de Winter: He’s a friend of yours?
Mrs. Van Hopper: Maxim de Winter, owner of Manderley. One of the finest homes in England.
Mrs. de Winter: Oh, yes.
Mrs. Van Hopper: His wife died last year, and he’s in dire need of company.


 

Mrs. Van Hopper: Honestly, with everything I’m teaching you, you ought to be paying me.


 

Mrs. Van Hopper: Show me an eligible bachelor, and I will show you a room full of women acting like they’ve lost their minds.


 

Restaurant Maitre D’: The terrace is for guests only.
Mrs. de Winter: But I’m a lady’s companion. Really?
Restaurant Maitre D’: Yes, it is not for staff.
[Max spots her and raises his hand]
Maxim de Winter: Monsieur, the young lady will be joining me. Set another place, please.


 

Maxim de Winter: So, what is it you do for…
Mrs. de Winter: I’m what’s called a lady’s companion.
Maxim de Winter: If a lady has to pay for company, that says something about the lady, doesn’t it?


 

Maxim de Winter: If it’s not rude, why her? It seems like you would make an excellent companion for any number of people.
Mrs. de Winter: Well, I’ve always wanted to travel, so there’s that, and ninety pounds a year. I know that’s doesn’t seem very much to you, but it’s a lot to me.
Maxim de Winter: I suppose you can set a price on loneliness.


 

Mrs. de Winter: It’s odd, isn’t it? Some people seem perfectly happy alone, while others just need someone to pass the time with. It doesn’t matter who.
Maxim de Winter: Which are you?
Mrs. de Winter: Well, my parents are dead. So I’m used to being alone.


 

Maxim de Winter: If you don’t mind me asking, when did your parents pass away?
Mrs. de Winter: Two winters ago. Influenza. Well, my mother died of influenza, and my father died just four days later. Do you think a person could die of a broken heart? That was thoughtless of me. I’m sorry.


 

Mrs. de Winter: [to Max] Everything I know is from books. I haven’t really experienced anything yet. I plan to before I’m old.


 

Mrs. de Winter: Will you tell me about Manderley? I hear it’s beautiful.
Maxim de Winter: It is. It is. Yeah. Manderley, it’s more than a house. It’s my life. It’s been passed from father to son, and father to son for centuries. Until now, anyway. You see, if I die without an heir, it goes to my sister. And her sons are nice boys, but they’re just not de Winters.


 

Mrs. de Winter: What are you doing?
Maxim de Winter: Oh, you’ll see.


 

Mrs. de Winter: Imagine if you could bottle a memory like scent. Then, whenever you wanted, you could open it. It’d be like living the moment all over again.
Maxim de Winter: And what particular moments in your young life would you bottle?
Mrs. de Winter: This week. Now. Every minute of it. Never forget it.
Maxim de Winter: And any memories you didn’t want, you could simply throw away.


 

[after finding out about the meetings with Max]
Mrs. Van Hopper: Did you really think people wouldn’t talk? Oh, you’re best out of it. Everyone knows he nearly lost his mind after she died. It was all too sudden and tragic. Do you honestly think he is in love with you? It was a distraction, dear. That’s it. We’ll go away. We’ll go to New York. You’ll find your way. You’ll forget all about it. Trust me, you will forget all about it.


 

Maxim de Winter: Come with me.
Mrs. de Winter: What?
Maxim de Winter: To Manderley.
Mrs. de Winter: What? As your secretary?
Maxim de Winter: No. No. As my wife. I’m asking you to marry me, you little fool.
Mrs. de Winter: I can’t come to Manderley.
Maxim de Winter: Yes, you can. You said you wanted to see the world. Manderley is the best part of it.


 

Mrs. Van Hopper: [laughs] This is the most wonderful news I’ve ever heard in my life! Wait till I tell my friends, I can’t believe it! What are the plans? Please, I must know everything.
Maxim de Winter: Well, the plans are settled. We’ll marry here, and honeymoon in Europe. And then home to Manderley.
Mrs. Van Hopper: Oh, my goodness. Have you ever heard of anything more romantic in your life? “Home to Manderley.” Oh, my goodness. It’s out of a fairy tale.


 

[referring to her engagement to Max]
Mrs. Van Hopper: Well, goodness gracious. Don’t you work quickly? Have you been doing things you shouldn’t?
Mrs. de Winter: I don’t know what you mean.
Mrs. Van Hopper: [laughs] Well, you don’t have a family, luckily, to explain it to. I wash my hands of it.


 

Mrs. Van Hopper: You’re going to have your work cut out for you at Manderley, you know. And, frankly, I don’t think you’re up to it.
Mrs. de Winter: I can learn.
Mrs. Van Hopper: Let me tell you something, honey. When you trap a man between your legs, they don’t stick around for long.
Mrs. de Winter: Goodbye, Mrs. Van Hopper.


 

Mrs. Van Hopper: He’s only marrying you because he doesn’t want to go on living in that big old house with her ghost!
Mrs. de Winter: I don’t believe in ghosts.


 

[after arriving at Manderley]
Maxim de Winter: Danvers runs the house. Don’t worry, she’s not as scary as she seems.


 

[as Danvers is showing her around Manderley]
Mrs. de Winter: Glad you’re here, Mrs. Danvers. I’ll never remember all this.
Mrs. Danvers: Oh, I’m sure you won’t disappoint him, madam, if that’s your concern.


 

Mrs. de Winter: Never even seen a house like this.
Mrs. Danvers: Oh, I’m sorry. I thought you’d been a lady’s maid.


 

Mrs. de Winter: This wasn’t his bedroom before?
Mrs. Danvers: Oh, no. No. Mrs. de Winter’s rooms were in the west wing.
Mrs. de Winter: Well, it’s a lovely room. Much too nice to stand empty.
Mrs. Danvers: Oh, the guest rooms are never empty for very long. We did a lot of entertaining when the late Mrs. de Winter was alive. The Manderley ball was quite an event.


 

Mrs. de Winter: Ask me a question.
Maxim de Winter: What sort of question?
Mrs. de Winter: Anything. I have no secrets from you. Don’t you think that’s how it should be now that we’re married?
Maxim de Winter: All marriages have their secrets.
Mrs. de Winter: You can talk to me about her, if you want.
Maxim de Winter: Good night, darling.


 

Mrs. de Winter: This is nice, isn’t it? Just us. It’s almost like we’re back on our honeymoon. Oh, I miss it. Don’t you? Driving, the exploring, little cafes. Seeing some funny old hotel and just staying there.
Maxim de Winter: That’s not real life, darling.


 

Mrs. de Winter: [to Max, referring to the sea] I know why you didn’t want to come down here. How am I supposed to know? How am I supposed to know anything if you don’t tell me?


 

Beatrice: Max was right. You’re not at all what I expected. And you’re looking better, old man. Not so drawn.
Maxim de Winter: Please.
Beatrice: Bosh! Everyone knows you were a perfect wreck six months ago.


 

Mrs. de Winter: Well, actually, I’ve been thinking I might revive the ball.
Beatrice: Oh!
Giles: What a marvelous idea.
Maxim de Winter: That’s not something we discussed.
Beatrice: Oh, don’t be so damn miserable. You used to love it. You can hold it in honor of your new bride.


 

Granny: Are you staying at Manderley, dear?
Beatrice: She lives here.
Giles: Remember, Granny?
Beatrice: Granny, we introduced you. She’s Maxim’s wife.
Granny: [chuckles] No, she is not. She’s not Maxim’s wife. What a silly notion.


 

Beatrice: I apologize. I’d forgotten how fond our grandmother was of Rebecca.
Mrs. de Winter: I’m fine.
Beatrice: She was just one of those bloody annoying people. Irresistible to everybody. The men, women, children, animals. Us mere mortals couldn’t hope to compete.


 

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