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Cast

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Florence Hoath ...
Clementina Cavendish
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Henry Cavendish
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Mrs. Cavendish
Arlene Cockburn ...
Lily Milk, the Maid
Emma Bird ...
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Benjamin
Countess Koulinskyi ...
Aunt Sofka (as The Countess Koulinskyi)
Bruce Myers ...
Rosina's Father
Diana Brooks ...
Rosina's Mother
Raymond Brody ...
Litnoff
Olga ...
Leonora
Cyril Shaps ...
Doctor
Kendal Cramer ...
Young Rosina
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When the father of privileged Rosina da Silva violently dies, she decides to pass herself off as a gentile and finds employment with a family in faraway Scotland. Soon she and the family father, Charles, start a passionate secret affair. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »
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31 July 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

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$57,799 (USA) (31 July 1998)

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$3,900,000 (USA)
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Rositas takes a photo of the sleeping Charles, arranging his left leg. The developed photo, looked at by Charles, later given to his wife shows that the right leg in the arranged position See more »

Quotes

Mary Blackchurch: You ask a lot of questions.
Henry Cavendish: Then you ask me one. Anything you like.
Mary Blackchurch: Why are you really back from Oxford?
Henry Cavendish: I was found in an opium den in Spitalfield with a whore.
[both laugh]
Henry Cavendish: You don't believe me and you're not surprised.
Mary Blackchurch: No.
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Sultry and Seductive

I thought this movie was beautiful. It was somewhat overlooked in America when it was released in 1998, partly because it had to compete against some higher profile British films and partly because it is not commercial. It could not be sold to the general public for a very sad reason - most movie goers have absolutely no sense or knowledge of history. So, the story of being a Jewess in mid-19th Century England and Scotland would seem too odd to them. In addition, the average person might have difficulty in grasping how amazing photography was to people in those days.

For those who do have knowledge of history, I highly recommend this film. Some might say that Rosina [Minnie Driver] is too much of a modern character, but intelligent women, rebellious women and highly sensual women have ALWAYS existed, regardless of the morals and hypocrisies of the times they lived in.


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