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Firelight (1997)

Firelight (1997)

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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.
Rating:
R (for sexuality and brief strong language.)
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
Directed By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
Miramax Films

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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
Peter Needham
as Rector
Melissa Knatchbull
as Mrs. Hurst
Frank Rozelaar Green
as Dancemaster
Trevor St. John Hacker
as Fashionable Guest
Katharine Levy
as French Maid
Valerie Sarruf
as French Patronne
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Critic Reviews for Firelight

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

What Firelight most tellingly lacks are riveting star performances to inevitably reel us in to its romantic absurdity.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Firelight

This movie is gripping right from the beginning. Stephen Dillane and Sophie Marceau in front of the firelight ! Man Hot ! What a love scene ! Such a great movie.

jen sci
jen sci
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.

Mark K
Mark K

Super Reviewer

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."

Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith

Super Reviewer

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