The Governess
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London TV commercials director Sandra Goldbacher made her feature directorial debut with this early Victorian England drama filmed on the Isle of Arran. In London, Rosina Da Silva (Minnie Driver) is shaken by the murder of her father, a wealthy Jewish merchant. To deal with family debts, Rosina places a classified ad in a local newspaper and gets a job as a nanny with a gentile family in Scotland. Adopting the name Mary Blackchurch and posing as a gentile, she joins the dysfunctional Cavendish family, caring for young Clementina (Florence Hoath) and fending off the advances of teen Henry… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If Jane Austen or a Brontė sister were inclined to revolve their tale of forbidden love and parlor room intrigue around a Jewish heroine, The Governess would undoubtedly resemble the result."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"Goldbacher, in her first feature, has tied together many ideas about photography, dreams and love, and presented them both fairly and exquisitely."
‑ Peter Henne, Film Journal International
"A beautifully crafted drama set in England during the 1840s about feminine intuition, creativity, and passion."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"for sheer visual elegance, 'The Governess' has few equals, and the magnificence of its imagery more than compensates for its somewhat overheated story."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A heavy going but at times embroiling drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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