Firelight 1997

Firelight

Critics Consensus

Predictable and dull.

50%

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Total Count: 14

83%

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In 1830s England, debt-ridden governess Elisabeth Laurier (Sophie Marceau) consents to bear a child with aristocrat Charles Godwin (Stephen Dillane), whose crippled wife cannot conceive. So long as Elisabeth relinquishes any maternal claims, he will pay off her father's debts. Though the arrangement is meant to be perfunctory, a forbidden romance blooms between them. Years later, she is hired as governess to a young girl on a remote estate -- who turns out to be the daughter she surrendered.

Cast & Crew

Stephen Dillane
Charles Godwin
Joss Ackland
Lord Clare
Rick Leed
Executive Producer
Chris Wimble
Film Editor
Rob Harris
Production Design
Peter Wenham
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Critic Reviews for Firelight

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (7)

Audience Reviews for Firelight

  • Aug 01, 2010
    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.
    Mark K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2007
    "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."
    Jeremy S Super Reviewer

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