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Firelight (1997)

R  |   |  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
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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Romance | Drama

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Rated R for sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 September 1998 (USA)  »

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A la luz del fuego  »

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$236,775 (USA) (11 September 1998)

Gross:

$784,419 (USA) (25 December 1998)
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Charles Godwin: [Rushing to the school room upon hearing Louisa throwing a tantrum from being locked inside the school room finding the door locked] Open the door.
Louisa: Papa! Papa!
Charles Godwin: [Pounds on the door] Miss Laurier, open this door at once!
[Elisabeth opens the door and locks it behind her]
Charles Godwin: What do you think you're doing? Open the door!
Elisabeth: No, sir.
[Charles tries to get the key from behind Elisabeth's back]
Louisa: Please, Papa! Come here, please!
Charles Godwin: I will not have you treat my daughter like this.
Elisabeth: Would you have her grow up ignorant...
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Everything you want in a period romance plus more.
5 August 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I saw it four years ago, and loved it so much that saw it a few more times over several days. The actors are all very good. I think the film delivers everything that is required of a period drama/romance, including the breathtaking visual, and on top of that, the situation that the characters have to deal with is every bit contemporary, so you don't have to stretch yourself to feel for them. The psychology of each character is very natural and convincing, including the little girl's. Because it is convincing, at the end of the story, you share the emotions of the characters 100%, which is the point of watching an intensely emotional drama like this. Unplug the phone and turn off the mobile and make sure there is no interruption while you watch this, because the tension should not be broken. You will be deliciously rewarded.


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