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Elisabeth Laurier
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Charles Godwin
Dominique Belcourt ...
Louisa Godwin
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John Taylor
Lia Williams ...
Constance
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Lord Clare
Sally Dexter ...
Molly Holland
Emma Amos ...
Ellen
Maggie McCarthy ...
Mrs. Jago
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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Passion has no limits

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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: [about the Lake House] What do you do out there?
Louisa: If you ever go out there, I'll kill you! I'll murder you!
Elisabeth: How?
Louisa: I'll stab you in the heart!
Elisabeth: Yes, that would do it.
Louisa: It would! You'd be dead.
Elisabeth: You'd have to bury me.
Louisa: I wouldn't. I'd just leave you there!
Elisabeth: I'd rot. I'd smell.
Louisa: Serve you right!
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A masterpiece.
13 December 2000 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

No film can be all things to all people. However, "Firelight", a simple film which when taken in and of itself, is no less than a masterpiece. From a carefully crafted minimalistic script to superb acting by a few well cast and well directed principals to artful cinematography and lush scenic beauty, this little film is powerfully compelling. "Firelight" explores the depths of passion, desire, and love amidst the circumstance and social order of 19th century England using elegantly subtle brushstrokes. This film will be most appreciated by mature audiences.


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