Firelight 1998 R CC

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(276) IMDb 7.3/10
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A governess agrees to bear a child to help her father.

Starring:
Sophie Marceau, Stephen Dillane
Runtime:
1 hour 44 minutes

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Firelight

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director William Nicholson
Starring Sophie Marceau, Stephen Dillane
Supporting actors Dominique Belcourt, Kevin Anderson, Lia Williams, Joss Ackland, Sally Dexter, Emma Amos, Maggie McCarthy, Wolf Kahler, Annabel Giles, John Flanagan, Valerie Minifie, Diana Payan, John Hodgkinson, Anthony Dutton, Hugh Walters, Peter Needham, Melissa Knatchbull, Frank Rozelaar-Green
Studio Hollywood Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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I wish I can see more movies like this one.
achen@getmessage.com
Sophie Marceau is perfect as the mother, evoking passion, pain and love all in one.
HAMLET
Great story, fine acting, and just a movie for the heart.
Hillarys Antiques

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103 of 104 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I bought my own copy after renting it three times, and I'd buy it on DVD in addition so I could see it letterboxed. I'm hooked--it's a marvel of film. I love everything about it. Why else would I be writing this review? The writing, photography and acting are perfection. The range and delicacy of feelings that flicker across Stephen Dillane's and Sophie Marceau's faces fascinate me, and their relationship with each other and with their daughter have a kind of deep, satisfying truthfulness. I appreciate Firelight's underlying moral that breeding is a serious matter, that sex transforms us and makes us 'one flesh'. The one false note, for me, was Elisabeth's assertion that her desire destroyed Charles' world. Not so. Not at all. Charles' world is ruined by his father, Lord Clare, who lives only for pleasure and who has no sense of duty to his family. Dutiful, faithful Charles and Elisabeth, united by their child, are freed and made whole by their desire for one another. It's a very Anglican sensibility. I probably wouldn't recommend Firelight to someone whose modern mind feeds on violence, casual sex and celebrity, but it's perfect for the rest of us. I want this film to be hugely successful on video so Hollywood will take notice, and everyone in it will have the satisfaction of knowing their work is recognized and appreciated. So buy it, recommend it to your friends. Enjoy.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1999
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I saw Firelight last year during its all too brief big-screen run and was stunned.
But even though it is a visually perfect film, the two lovers are more than simply exquisite - they have breadth and depth. They actually take on dimension and draw us into their world and time: we share their fears, denials, passions, and the joy they ultimately find in their love.
In addition, the scenery (bleak outdoors, lush in) and weather (winter) were mesmerising because they were deeply a part of the context. Even the ancillary characters (Connie and Lord Godwin especially), were well-played and endearing. Real.
This is absolutely one of my favorite movies. It is a definite MUST HAVE for every lover of romantic period films. Particularly if you like them sensual and erotic without coarseness.
Firelight is a kiss from William Nicholson that touches and warms the skin beneath the lace.
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Released in '97 `Firelight' is a delicate, atmospheric and romantic period film that in my estimation is more than an equal to such well known English classics as `Wuthering Heights' and `Pride and Prejudice.' To compare it with something familiar to movie viewers I would say it has a lot in common with `Jane Eyre' with a little touch of the American tale `The Miracle Worker'.

Sophie Marceau is not only beautiful, but delivers a very emotional, controlled performance as the new governess to a wealthy Englishman's daughter. Stephen Dillane also provides a superior performance as the little girls Father and is the perfect choice for Sophie's love interest.

`Firelight' has it all; great acting, strong storyline, enchanting soundtrack and lush, sometimes breathtaking cinematography. The sequences filmed of the lake house are magnificent. Don't bother waiting around for a U.S. version to be released, the Asian all region DVD is perfect. Order a copy while they're still available.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Firelight is the story of a young Swiss governess(played by Sophie Marceau)who comes to reside and teach a young girl, Louisa, in the English countryside. It is there that she meets the girls father Mr.Godwin (played by Stephen Dillane)and secrets threaten the once quiet life of all parties involved. Marceau who plays Miss.Laurier to perfection shines in this role. She is not only stunning in face and form (perfectly matched for the period in manner and gesture) she delivers one of her strongest performances since Braveheart with Mel Gibson. She is luminous, and is a joy to watch. Stephen Dillane who plays Mr.Godwin is a wonderful match for Marceau. He is "rugged" yet incredibly sensitive and perfectly suited to play the gentleman of the period. Marceau and Dillane have an enormous amount of chemistry on screen, and watching them is both a joy and heartwrenching at the same time. If the incredible performances are not enough to entice you the cinematography and artistic direction should. The English countryside in the middle of a stark winter is bleak and gray and yet oddly beautiful and inviting at the same time. The colors are magnificent and the details are impecable. Some aspects are predictable, but one forgets such predictability when faced with such moving performances and stunning direction. It would be a terrible loss to miss such a wonderful, and yet sadly overlooked film such as Firelight. I loved it and recommend it to anyone who loves a beautiful love story and a strong drama. It is certainly a "keeper" in my opinion
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1999
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Passion has no limits...nor reason, either. How else can I explain my passion for this little film with so many little flaws but with so much that is captivatingly lovely? The "reasonable" critics would tell me this film is not worth the trouble, but my eyes, my ears and my heart tell me differently. No recent film has left such lingering sounds and images in my mind as "Firelight". Sophie Marceau (Elisabeth Laurier) is ethereally beautiful, a delight to hear and a genuine vision to watch. Stephen Dillane (Charles Godwin)is her rustic match, conveying both the passion of his fascination and the angst of possible discovery and scandal. Although the plot may twist and present perfect examples of predictable Victorian situations and solutions, this "gothic" story is well-delivered by the principals. William Nicholson is obviously a man of taste, and has fashioned his film with a loving hand and a careful blend of actors, cinematographer, costumer and especially the composer, Christopher Gunning. He has used three basic themes and orchestrated them to perfection to enhance the characters and the story. It is rare that I buy a film's video and soundtrack immediately after a first viewing, but I did for "Firelight". This was no easy task, as neither video nor soundtrack are easily found. But the search was well worth it, and I shall enjoy both for years to come.
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