The Governess (1998)
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as Rosina da Silva
as Mr. Charles Cavendis...
as Mrs. Cavendish
as Clementina Cavendish
as Rosina's Father
as Lily Milk
as Aunt Sofka
as Rosina's Mother
as Henry Cavendish
as Young Rosina
as Mr. Hewlett
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If Jane Austen or a Brontė sister were inclined to revolve their tale of forbidden love and parlor room intrigue around a Jewish heroine, The Governess would undoubtedly resemble the result.
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A London bred jewess takes the job of governess for a gentile scientist's family on the Isle of Skye. Can Victorian scandal be far behind? Interesting tale with excellent performances, particularly by Driver and Wilkinson.
There you go Minnie Driver. There is life after Matt Damon after all! Too bad we hardly see you anymore. The Governess was a good platform for you. Where did you jump?
The Governess (1998) -- [7.0] -- Minnie Driver plays a destitute Jewish woman who poses as a gentile to gain employment as nanny for a rich family in Scotland. While there she falls in love with the children's father and becomes the object of the older boy's affection. The cast is top-notch, including Tom Wilkinson as the father and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the son. Gorgeous cinematography, sets, and wardrobe. I also liked how Driver and Wilkinson's characters bond over scientific research - they're trying to discover a 'fixing agent' for photographic prints. Of course, with so many forbidden affairs going on, the whole thing is bound to end in anguish. But it's exquisite anguish.
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