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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
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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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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Governanta See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,799, 2 August 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,900,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

The date of copyright given at the end of the film is MCMXVII (1917) and not MCMXCVII (1997). See more »

Quotes

Henry Cavendish: I stink. I shall bathe in scent for you.
Mary Blackchurch: Don't do it for me. Do it for yourself.
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Soundtracks

Love And Loss
Composed By, Conducted by Ed Shearmur (as Edward Shearmur)
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra
© 1998 Sony Music Entertainment
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One of 1998's Best Films
31 December 1998 | by Kev22See all my reviews

Why all the negativity about this utterly brilliant motion picture? First of all, Minnie Driver is absolutely splendid. The entire film is beautiful to watch, the story palpably intelligent and erotic. The characters rich and spellbinding. I was enraptured by the first 5 minutes and the story never let me down. Tom Wilkinson was excellent as was Harriet Walter. A definite must see for lovers of intelligent period pieces. Very reminiscent visually of Jane Campion's "The Portrait of a Lady" and Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth." Too bad the film (and especially Driver's performance) got so little attention when it was released this summer. Rent it, and then decide how you feel.


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