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  • Summary: Set in early 1840's London, Rosina (Driver), the eldest daughter, rejects an arranged marriage and sets out to support her family after they fall into debt when her father is murdered. She finds it hard to locate a job because she is Jewish and invents a new identity to work as a governess.
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. The real wonder becomes how British filmmaker Sandra Goldbacher was able to write and direct such an accomplished, touching and original movie her first time out.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Kelton Jones
    The Governess, a surprisingly luminous film that deftly stands somewhere between a Harlequin paperback and Jane Campion's "The Piano."
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Though not exactly dynamic, the movie offers insights into a specific culture. Ashley Rowe's photography is exquisite, and Driver has never been better. [14 Aug 1998]
  4. Goldbacher's story is not always convincing as history, but it's absorbing as a sort of gothic romance and sensually quite potent, and Driver carries it all with grace and authority.
  5. Though Driver's offbeat beauty and Wilkinson's weathered visage make for an unlikely pairing, it works because their passion wells from something deeper than physical apperance. [31 Jul 1998]
  6. Reviewed by: Ilana Lindsey
    Commercial director Sandra Goldbacher's first feature is beautifully filmed and covers interesting thematic ground. Unfortunately, it also suffers from a somewhat incredible and melodramatic story.
  7. 10
    The slogging melodrama that emerged still more closely resembles the daily musings of an infatuated teenager than a well-crafted, thoughtful story. [14 Aug 1998]

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