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The Governess (1998)

R | | Drama, Romance | 31 July 1998 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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 ...
Rebecca
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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:

A Governanta  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,900,000 (USA)
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This film is set around 1840. In the first scene in which the two main characters become intimate, you hear a zipper as Mr. Cavendish begins to undress. The zipper was not invented until 1891. See more »

Quotes

Charles Cavendish: I do not feel myself.
Mary Blackchurch: Nor do I. But we can be any self we want, can't we?
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Minnie Driver, stunning as always
27 September 2000 | by (Kalmar, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I'm always surprised when I see a movie with Minnie Driver. She's not the best looking actress, or the most skilled but she makes every movie she's a part of worth watching. Even Disney's Tarzan was vitalized by her sparkling voice and energetic acting. This movie places the main character in a very odd position in a house with no love. The dangerous triangle betwixt the governess, the father and the son is very interesting. I would however like to have more motives and reason for the governess treatment of the son. Also that relation seems not to "fit" in the movie and should have been given more time to grow. The photography is beautiful and the nice singing of late Ophra Haza adds value to the movie. It has been a while since I last was left so puzzled and thoughtful after a movie. See this movie with a dear friend.


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