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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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Sandra Goldbacher
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Minnie Driver ... Rosina da Silva
Tom Wilkinson ... Mr. Charles Cavendish
Florence Hoath Florence Hoath ... Clementina Cavendish
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Henry Cavendish
Harriet Walter ... Mrs. Cavendish
Arlene Cockburn Arlene Cockburn ... Lily Milk, the Maid
Emma Bird Emma Bird ... Rebecca
Adam Levy ... Benjamin
Countess Koulinskyi Countess Koulinskyi ... Aunt Sofka (as The Countess Koulinskyi)
Bruce Myers Bruce Myers ... Rosina's Father
Diana Brooks Diana Brooks ... Rosina's Mother
Raymond Brody Raymond Brody ... Litnoff
Olga Olga ... Leonora
Cyril Shaps ... Doctor
Kendal Cramer Kendal Cramer ... Young Rosina
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »
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Goofs

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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Soundtracks

The Governess
Original Music Composed and conducted by Edward Shearmur (as Edward Shearmur)
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra
Cello: Caroline Dearney, Nick Cooper, Phillip de Groote
Harp: Gillian Tinglay, Lute: John Themis
Percussion: Hossam Ramzy
Piano:Sally Heath
Rebec, Violin: Pavlo Beznosiuk
Violin: Jonathan Rees, Rosemary Furniss
Viola Da Gamba: Mark Levey, Viola: Andy Brown
© 1998 Sony Music Entertainment
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Minnie Driver, stunning as always
27 September 2000 | by s_sjoSee 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Governess See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,799, 2 August 1998

Gross USA:

$3,719,509

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,719,509
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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