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The Governess (1998)

R | | Drama, Romance | 31 July 1998 (USA)
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When the father of privileged Rosina da Silva violently dies, she decides to pass herself off as a gentile and finds employment with a family in faraway Scotland. Soon she and the family ... See full summary »

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Sandra Goldbacher
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Minnie Driver ... Rosina da Silva
Tom Wilkinson ... Mr. Charles Cavendish
Florence Hoath Florence Hoath ... Clementina Cavendish
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Henry Cavendish
Harriet Walter ... Mrs. Cavendish
Arlene Cockburn Arlene Cockburn ... Lily Milk, the Maid
Emma Bird Emma Bird ... Rebecca
Adam Levy ... Benjamin
Countess Koulinskyi Countess Koulinskyi ... Aunt Sofka (as The Countess Koulinskyi)
Bruce Myers Bruce Myers ... Rosina's Father
Diana Brooks Diana Brooks ... Rosina's Mother
Raymond Brody Raymond Brody ... Litnoff
Olga Olga ... Leonora
Cyril Shaps ... Doctor
Kendal Cramer Kendal Cramer ... Young Rosina
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Storyline

When the father of privileged Rosina da Silva violently dies, she decides to pass herself off as a gentile and finds employment with a family in faraway Scotland. Soon she and the family father, Charles, start a passionate secret affair. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Governanta See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,799, 2 August 1998

Gross USA:

$3,719,509

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,719,509
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

This film is set around 1840. In the first scene in which the two main characters become intimate, you hear a zipper as Mr. Cavendish begins to undress. The zipper was not invented until 1891. See more »

Quotes

Henry Cavendish: I stink. I shall bathe in scent for you.
Mary Blackchurch: Don't do it for me. Do it for yourself.
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Soundtracks

The Governess
Original Music Composed and conducted by Edward Shearmur (as Edward Shearmur)
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra
Cello: Caroline Dearney, Nick Cooper, Phillip de Groote
Harp: Gillian Tinglay, Lute: John Themis
Percussion: Hossam Ramzy
Piano:Sally Heath
Rebec, Violin: Pavlo Beznosiuk
Violin: Jonathan Rees, Rosemary Furniss
Viola Da Gamba: Mark Levey, Viola: Andy Brown
© 1998 Sony Music Entertainment
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A beautiful, haunting period piece
8 June 1999 | by doeadearSee all my reviews

I found this movie to be quite beautiful, and it opened a period of history seldom explored in films. It tells the tale of a Jewess in 19th Century London who must disguise herself as a gentile to obtain employment as a governess. Her joy for life and her searching mind attract her to her employer, who is trying to discover a way to "freeze" the photographic image. It is very much of its time. Minnie Driver is excellent, very sensual and convincing. Tom Wilkinson is incredibly strong and attractive. The dark colors and the general sense of gloom are very well depicted. I thought it was a marvelous film.


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