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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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  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  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. Sandra Goldbacher's gorgeous debut feature (shot by Ashley Rowe) stars Minnie Driver in a lovely performance as Rosina da Silva. [31 Jul 1998]
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Goldbacher's film is lovely to look at, but the blurry heart of the film only suffers by the comparison.
  4. Reviewed by: 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.
  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: Patrick Humphries
    It's worth watching, though, for Minnie Driver, whose luminous performance as the governess in question struggles to save writer/director Goldbacher's film from the doldrums.
  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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