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Firelight (1997)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elisabeth Laurier
... Charles Godwin
... Louisa Godwin
... John Taylor
... Constance
... Lord Clare
Sally Dexter ... Molly Holland
... Ellen
Maggie McCarthy ... Mrs. Jago
... 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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4 September 1998 (USA)  »

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A la luz del fuego  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$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 »

Quotes

Elisabeth: Do you know about Firelight?
Louisa: What about it?
Elisabeth: It's a kind of magic. Firelight makes time stand still. When you put out the lamps and sit in the firelight's glow there aren't any rules any more.
[blows out lamp]
Elisabeth: You can do what you want, say what you want, be what you want, and when the lamps are lit again, time starts again, and everything you said or did is forgotten. More than forgotten it never happened.
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Amazingly Beautiful Story!!
6 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

I originally watched this on Encore Indie and it touched me in a way only a few movies or stories ever do. The subject matter could have become tawdry if not handled well, which it was. All the characters had their place, even the American who offered Charles an option of a place to go, to be free of all the pretense and obligation of his life, being also a main theme of the story, obligation and responsibility, as well as the desire to break free of them. And watch it several times, the nuances that come out are amazing and also listen to the background talk, some interesting facts come out which help you understand the characters and stories even more. I actually watch it with headphones on to hear all the conversations going on. And Charles, watch his facial expressions, they are absolutely priceless and perfect. My father actually sat and watched it, and trust me he's a ESPN guy, not romance movies. Anyway, it was just amazingly beautiful and passionate.


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