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Firelight (1997)

 -  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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Charles Godwin
Dominique Belcourt ...
Louisa Godwin
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John Taylor
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Constance
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Lord Clare
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Molly Holland
Emma Amos ...
Ellen
Maggie McCarthy ...
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Wolf Kahler ...
Sussman
Annabel Giles ...
Amy Godwin
John Flanagan ...
Robert Ames
Valerie Minifie ...
Hannah
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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The power of desire presented by oustanding acting
22 November 2000 | by (St. Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

I have to admit that I watched this the first time because of my admiration for the performances of Sophie Marceau. I watched it several times more because of the interesting portrayal of the power of desire presented by oustanding acting and a rich "period piece" production. Should your friends belittle the story as formulaic and the ending as too easy, ignore them. They have missed the richness of the flow of events in this movie that portrays a more repressed world where women (and, to a lesser degree, men) had different and more limited options and necessarily pursued their opportunities differently. This movie was so well done, it leaves you wishing it were an hour longer.


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