Critics Consensus: Predictable and dull.
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Desperate to help pay her father's debts, Swiss governess Elizabeth (Sophie Marceau) agrees to conceive a child for an unknown British aristocrat (Stephen Dillane). In return for giving up her child, the landowner will pay her a small fortune. It all seems strictly business, but something undeniable happens between them during the actual act of conception. Though it's difficult, Elizabeth keeps her bargain and lets the nobleman have her newborn daughter. She copes with her grief and longing for the girl by painting and writing in a journal. Seven years pass and Elizabeth takes a job as a nanny to an unruly little girl, Louisa (Dominique Belcourt). Much to her horror, Elizabeth realizes that the child's father is the man she sold her baby to and that the angry spoiled brat before her, is her own. To make matters worse, the girl's father Charles makes Elizabeth swear to keep the situation secret, for reasons that before long become painfully apparent. The presence of Charles's father Lord Clare, who has an unbridled penchant for compulsive shopping adds more tension to the already strained atmosphere. Though it is extremely painful, Elizabeth agrees to the terms and then sets about teaching her charge/daughter manners. Though a costume drama set in the early 1880s, Firelight deals with themes of surrogate motherhood, parenting and even mercy killing. … More
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Critic Reviews for Firelight
I wish someone would explain to me why all these 19th Century costume dramas need to be so cheerless, so formal, and so godawful boring.
Audience Reviews for Firelight
"It's a kind of magic. Firelight makes time stand still. When you put out the lamps and sit in the firelight's glow there aren't any rules any more. You can do what you want, say what you want, be what you want, and when the lamps are lit again, time starts again, and everything you said or did is forgotten. More than forgotten it never happened."More
My wife and I enjoyed this a lot more than the critics did, obviously. It has its flaws, and some people can't get past the low-key nature of this romantic drama. Firelight takes you through a wide vareity of highs and lows as you follow the life path of Sophie Marceau's governess character. The casting is excellent, and this period piece has a lot of romantic and redemptive moments. It's not Jane Austen level, or a Bronte novel, but its effective and detailed. The social mores of the time are difficult to understand now, but Marceau gives a sympathetic performance. The twist is easy to unravel, but the suspense of what's going to happen, and how it will all play out, for good or ill, is the interesting journey this film takes.More
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