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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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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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$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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Elisabeth: [Standing on the Beach Alone; Charles Approaches] Aren't you afraid to be seen with me?
Charles Godwin: There's no one to see.
Elisabeth: I like it here. Just sea and sky and...
Charles Godwin: ...and nothing.
Elisabeth: I like it. Makes me want to shout.
Charles Godwin: Then shout.
ElisabethCharles Godwin: [They look at each other, then they look around to make sure no one's around]
Elisabeth: [Tries to shout, but just ends up laughing] No. Not so easy.
[laughs again]
Charles Godwin: You're very... I didn't expect it to be like this.
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A masterpiece.
13 December 2000 | by 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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