The Governess

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Released 1998

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Director:
Sandra Goldbacher
Released:
1998
Rating:
R
The Governess is an award-winning, romantic period drama film from Sony Pictures Classics that was written and directed by Sandra Goldbacher. Rosina de Silva (Minnie Driver) is a beautiful, privileged, young Jewish woman who lives in a tight-nit Jewish community in 1840's England. She is surrounded by lavish things and lives a luxurious life. She has been separated from anti-Semitism and has only socialized with and lived with other Jewish people. Her life is splendid until the unthinkable happens. Her father is violently killed and she is left with nothing. As a result of her father's untimely death, Rosina is forced to find a job. She finds a job and is hired to become a governess in the gentile Cavendish family's Scottish estate. In order to get the job, Rosina had to pretend and convince Mr. Charles Cavendish (Tom Wilkinson) that she is a Christian. Shortly after taking the position, Rosina starts to develop deep feelings for Charles and the two of them engage in a secret and intense love affair.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Because the cinematography of The Governess is so richly panoramic, the movie forces you to contemplate the emotional power exerted by film.

  • 70

    Variety Ken Eisner

    Minnie Driver gets a showy workout in The Governess, a beautifully crafted, if ultimately opaque, study of art, sensuality and outsider status in early Victorian England.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Driver, who steadfastly carries Rosina/Mary through every stormy stage of her self-discovery, is consistently better than the picture, as is Wilkinson.

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