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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
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[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.
[Pounds on the door]
Miss Laurier, open this door at once!
[Elisabeth opens the door and locks it behind her]
What do you think you're doing? Open the door!
[Charles tries to get the key from behind Elisabeth's back]
Please, Papa! Come here, please!
I will not have you treat my daughter like this.
Would you have her grow up ignorant...
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The power of desire presented by oustanding acting
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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