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Elisabeth Laurier
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Charles Godwin
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Louisa Godwin
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John Taylor
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Constance
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Lord Clare
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Molly Holland
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Ellen
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Mrs. Jago
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Sussman
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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$236,775 (USA) (11 September 1998)

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$784,419 (USA) (25 December 1998)
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After seven years, despite evolving fashions, neither hero nor heroine have made any change in hairdo or style of clothes. Nor do they look a day older. See more »

Quotes

Charles Godwin: [Rushing to the school room upon hearing Louisa throwing a tantrum from being locked inside the school room finding the door locked] Open the door.
Louisa: Papa! Papa!
Charles Godwin: [Pounds on the door] Miss Laurier, open this door at once!
[Elisabeth opens the door and locks it behind her]
Charles Godwin: What do you think you're doing? Open the door!
Elisabeth: No, sir.
[Charles tries to get the key from behind Elisabeth's back]
Louisa: Please, Papa! Come here, please!
Charles Godwin: I will not have you treat my daughter like this.
Elisabeth: Would you have her grow up ignorant...
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The power of desire presented by oustanding acting
22 November 2000 | by (St. Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

I have to admit that I watched this the first time because of my admiration for the performances of Sophie Marceau. I watched it several times more because of the interesting portrayal of the power of desire presented by oustanding acting and a rich "period piece" production. Should your friends belittle the story as formulaic and the ending as too easy, ignore them. They have missed the richness of the flow of events in this movie that portrays a more repressed world where women (and, to a lesser degree, men) had different and more limited options and necessarily pursued their opportunities differently. This movie was so well done, it leaves you wishing it were an hour longer.


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