The Governess
The Governess (1998)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 31, 1998
DVD Release Date: February 16, 1999
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jordan Hiller

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.

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Peter Henne
Film Journal International

Goldbacher, in her first feature, has tied together many ideas about photography, dreams and love, and presented them both fairly and exquisitely.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A beautifully crafted drama set in England during the 1840s about feminine intuition, creativity, and passion.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

for sheer visual elegance, 'The Governess' has few equals, and the magnificence of its imagery more than compensates for its somewhat overheated story.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A heavy going but at times embroiling drama.

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Kevin M. Williams
A London bred jewess takes the job of governess for a gentile scientist's family on the Isle of Skye. Can Victorian scandal be far behind? Interesting… More
John Ballantine
There you go Minnie Driver. There is life after Matt Damon after all! Too bad we hardly see you anymore. The Governess was a good platform for you. Where did… More