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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Marceau ... Elisabeth Laurier
Stephen Dillane ... Charles Godwin
Dominique Belcourt ... Louisa Godwin
Kevin Anderson ... John Taylor
Lia Williams ... Constance
Joss Ackland ... Lord Clare
Sally Dexter Sally Dexter ... Molly Holland
Emma Amos ... Ellen
Maggie McCarthy Maggie McCarthy ... Mrs. Jago
Wolf Kahler ... Sussman
Annabel Giles Annabel Giles ... Amy Godwin
John Flanagan John Flanagan ... Robert Ames
Valerie Minifie Valerie Minifie ... Hannah
Diana Payan Diana Payan ... Mrs. Maidment
John Hodgkinson John Hodgkinson ... Carlo
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Storyline

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. Written by Anonymous

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Passion has no limits

Genres:

Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 August 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A la luz del fuego See more »

Filming Locations:

Calvados, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$236,775, 11 September 1998

Gross USA:

$784,419, 27 December 1998
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

At least two young men are shown in the South of England in the 1830s with long hair tied back in a queue, a style unknown in that time and place. See more »

Quotes

Elisabeth: Good Morning, Louisa. Do you know your ABC?
Louisa: [Mockingly] Do you know your ABC?
Elisabeth: [Making a Flashcard for the letter "L"] This is "L" for Louisa.
Louisa: [Mockingly] This is "L" for Louisa.
[Heads for the door]
Elisabeth: Don't go. We have work to do.
Louisa: [Mockingly] Don't go. We have work to do.
Louisa: [Stops at the door] You're poor I suppose.
Elisabeth: Yes.
Louisa: I don't have to do what you say.
[...]
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Amazingly Beautiful Story!!
6 September 2006 | by cellenb2See all my reviews

I originally watched this on Encore Indie and it touched me in a way only a few movies or stories ever do. The subject matter could have become tawdry if not handled well, which it was. All the characters had their place, even the American who offered Charles an option of a place to go, to be free of all the pretense and obligation of his life, being also a main theme of the story, obligation and responsibility, as well as the desire to break free of them. And watch it several times, the nuances that come out are amazing and also listen to the background talk, some interesting facts come out which help you understand the characters and stories even more. I actually watch it with headphones on to hear all the conversations going on. And Charles, watch his facial expressions, they are absolutely priceless and perfect. My father actually sat and watched it, and trust me he's a ESPN guy, not romance movies. Anyway, it was just amazingly beautiful and passionate.


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