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Firelight (1997)

R  |   |  Romance, Drama  |  4 September 1998 (USA)
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In 1838, lovely governess Elisabeth agrees to bear a child of anonymous English landowner, and he will in return pay her father's debt. At birth she, as agreed, gives up the child. Seven ... See full summary »

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Elisabeth Laurier
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Louisa Godwin
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John Taylor
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Constance
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Robert Ames
Valerie Minifie ...
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Diana Payan ...
Mrs. Maidment
John Hodgkinson ...
Carlo
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In 1838, lovely governess Elisabeth agrees to bear a child of anonymous English landowner, and he will in return pay her father's debt. At birth she, as agreed, gives up the child. Seven years later she is hired as governess to a girl on a remote Sussex estate. The father of the girl, Charles Godwin, turns out to be that anonymous landowner. So Elisabeth has to be her own daughter's governess, and she can't reveal the secret of her tie with little Louisa. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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4 September 1998 (USA)  »

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A la luz del fuego  »

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$236,775 (USA) (11 September 1998)

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$784,419 (USA) (25 December 1998)
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Elisabeth: Good Morning, Louisa. Do you know your ABC?
Louisa: [Mockingly] Do you know your ABC?
Elisabeth: [Making a Flashcard for the letter "L"] This is "L" for Louisa.
Louisa: [Mockingly] This is "L" for Louisa.
[Heads for the door]
Elisabeth: Don't go. We have work to do.
Louisa: [Mockingly] Don't go. We have work to do.
Louisa: [Stops at the door] You're poor I suppose.
Elisabeth: Yes.
Louisa: I don't have to do what you say.
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19th century bodice-ripper
14 September 1998 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie about how a woman's love can overcome major obstacles. Sophie Marceau is a beautiful governess, who seven years prior was hired by a rich Englishman to conceive a baby because the man's own wife had been seriously injured but did not die after a riding accident. Marceau's motivation is to pay her father's debts and get him out of prison. Thus the two principal characters are having this weekend "affair" out of a sense of duty to others. Unlike many movies set in the mid-19th century, the rich people in this movie are not one dimensional and heartless, and the poor people are not powerless victims. Marceau manages to track down her child after 6 years and becomes her governess. The girl has become a spoiled brat, and Marceau is the first to teach the girl how to read, and much about life. There is not exactly a happy ending, in the Hollywood sense. In order to get something, one must take risks and be willing to give up other things.


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