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Firelight

Director/Writer:William Nicholson
Miramax; R 103 minutes
Release:9/98
Cast:Sophie Marceau, Stephen Dillane, Kevin Anderson, Lia Williams, Joss Ackland and Dominique Belcourt

Atmosphere is a major player in Firelight, but unfortunately, none of the other characters are nearly as well developed. Swiss governess Elisabeth (Marceau) agrees to bear a child for a wealthy landowner, Charles Godwin (Dillane), whose wife lies in a coma. Elisabeth needs the money to repay her father's debts. She falls in love with Charles, though she has promised to never see him again. After a 10-year search, she's reunited with her daughter when she accepts a job as the incorrigible girl's governess. (Charles's sister was responsible for filling the position.) Charles is outraged when he learns that Elisabeth has violated their agreement, but it doesn't take long before they're groping each other in the halls.


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