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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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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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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

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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Goofs

When Mr. Cavendish takes the first photo of Miss Blackchurch, the camera is pointing toward the floor and not where Mr. Cavendish is looking. 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

Ständchen
Composed By Franz Schubert
Transcription By Ilan Eshkeri
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra
© 1998 Sony Music Entertainment
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The Governess was a beautiful film that I think deserves more credit than it got.
15 April 1999 | by HanneSee all my reviews

The Governess was a beautiful film that I think deserves more credit than it got. I feel this film followed in the same quality and artistic depth as Jane Campion's 'The Piano'. Of course the story is very unique. Minnie Driver plays Rossina da Silva, a Jewess in victorian era England, who is forced to find employment in a Christian family when her father dies. She takes on the persona of 'Mary Blackchurch' a pious Christian women. She ends up in distant Scotland, where her employer turns out to be a deeply intelligent scientist - whose family feels detached from society because of his work. Mr. Cavendish's work interest Rossina and in their work they discover not only some breathtaking advances in science but new emotions and feelings, which they each explore differently. The film technique is just impeccable. There are beautiful shots on the shores of the ocean. The use of color and glass distortions makes Rosinna's Jewish world come to life like I have never seen before. I think I loved this film, not only for its story, but also because it opened up a realm to me that I had never been aware of: Jewish life in the 19th century. Minnie Driver is wonderful in this film, her Rosina is stronger than any other role I have seen her in. Tom Wilkinson of 'Full Monty' fame is also a very believable and caring Mr. Cavendish. SEE THIS MOVIE ! It is so beautiful and the soundtrack is moving, almost haunting. The governess is definitely on my list of favorite films of all time !


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