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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
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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
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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: Shall we start our lessons?
Louisa: I don't have to do what you say. You're just a servant.
Elisabeth: That's enough! Be silent! You will obey me whether you want to or not! You will obey because poor as I am, I am placed in authority over you. You will not speak disrespectfully to me or raise your voice to me.
Louisa: [Taunting] Servant! Servant! Servant! Servant! Servant! Servant! Servant! Servant! Servant! Servant! Servant! Servant! Servant!
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A memorable masterpiece.
26 September 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The title led me to expect "Firelight" would be a "chick flick", yet the inclusion of the beautiful Sophie Marceau made viewing imperative. The astonishing credibility of the actors' performances was aided by an impeccable script coupled with masterful direction. Add to that award-winning cinematography and achingly beautiful music reminiscent of gypsy violins and the result is an extremely moving love story. How this film came to be ignored by the US public is one of the great mysteries of our time.

Every word, every sigh, every gesture and every scene appears uncontrived yet at the same time is testament to breathtaking genius. If only director William Nicholson would bring his ensemble together again for more of the same! Just thinking about "Firelight" brings tears to my eyes. No other movie has had such an effect on me.

File this one under "U" for "Unforgettable" in the illustrated dictionary.


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