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The Governess
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The Governess 1998

From Amazon: Minnie Driver stars as an impoverished Jewish woman, Mary, living in an emphatically anti-Semitic England in the mid-19th century. Following the murder of her beloved father--who leaves his survivors strapped with his debts--she camouflages her identity as a Protestant of Italian descent and takes a job as governess to an unorthodox Scottish family. In this film by Sandra Goldbacher, sundry conventions from Victorian novels mix with a contemporary, feminist take on Mary's subsequent adventures. Mary asserts, with some effort, her authority over her willful charge (Florence Hoath); she dodges the insults of a vaguely ghoulish matriarch...

Directed By:
No image existsSandra Goldbacher
Written By:
No image existsSandra Goldbacher
No image existsMinnie Driver
No image existsTom Wilkinson
No image existsHarriet Walter
No image existsFlorence Hoath
No image existsJonathan Rhys Meyers
No image existsArlene Cockburn

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The Governess Movie Review by Movie Addict (5/16/2009)

After her father is murdered, Rosina (Minnie Driver) must marry without love or strike out and try something different. She changes her name and takes a job as a governess.

Of course, she also has to hide her Jewishness and learn to be a Protestant.

Her employer, Charles Cavendish (Tom Wilkinson) is a photographer...

(complete The Governess review by Movie Addict)

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