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Firelight (1997)

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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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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Romance | Drama

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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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Box Office

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$236,775, 11 September 1998

Gross USA:

$784,419, 27 December 1998
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At least two young men are shown in the South of England in the 1830s with long hair tied back in a queue, a style unknown in that time and place. See more »

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Charles Godwin: [At night in the schoolroom] Louisa tells me you have a story about firelight.
Elisabeth: Yes. I tell her Firelight is a magic time, when times stands still.
Charles Godwin: Why'd you tell her that?
Elisabeth: I find it helps. A time with no rules at the end of the day.
[She walks over to the fire and kneels to pick up two cards Louisa left on the floor earlier]
Charles Godwin: I must ask you to help me.
Elisabeth: How?
Charles Godwin: There was a time - there was a short time, when we were close you and I.
Elisabeth: Yes?
Charles Godwin: Do you remember it?
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Seen it 5 times.
27 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

The artistry of this movie is not evident the first time you watch it because you notice nothing but the actors' brown eyes and the blue cold rooms of the mansion.

But watch it a few more times and you realize how balanced the story is, how themes of birth and death parallel heat and cold, love and hate.

The script is simple because silence and secrecy drive the plot. Compared to Jane Eyre, it is rather sparse, but so what?

I gave it a 10.


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