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Firelight (1997)

Firelight (1997)

Firelight

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Predictable and dull.

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Movie Info

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.more
Rating: R (for sexuality and brief strong language.)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: William Nicholson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 26, 2005
Runtime:
Miramax Films

Cast

Sophie Marceau
as Elisabeth Laurier
Stephen Dillane
as Charles Goodwin
Kevin Anderson
as John Taylor
Lia Williams
as Constance
Joss Ackland
as Lord Clare
Sally Dexter
as Molly Holland
Emma Amos
as Ellen
Maggie McCarthy
as Mrs. Jago
Wolf Kahler
as Sussman
John Flanagan
as Robert Ames
Diana Payan
as Mrs. Madment
Hugh Walters
as Dr. Geddes
Trevor St. John Hack...
as Fashionable Guest
Katharine Levy
as French Maid
Valerie Sarruf
as French Patronne
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Critic Reviews for Firelight

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (11)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Firelight

½

"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."

smith44
Jeremy Smith

Super Reviewer

½

Beautiful movie.

dreamfaeries
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Rostron2
Mark K

Super Reviewer

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