Movie Review: 'The Governess' | EW.com

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The Governess Minnie Driver plays Rosina da Silva, a young Jewish woman in 1840s London who passes herself off as a gentile, landing a job at a remote Scottish...The GovernessDrama, RomanceR Minnie Driver plays Rosina da Silva, a young Jewish woman in 1840s London who passes herself off as a gentile, landing a job at a remote Scottish...1998-08-14Sony Pictures Classics
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The Governess

Genre: Drama, Romance; Starring: Minnie Driver, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Tom Wilkinson; Director: Sandra Goldbacher; Author: Sandra Goldbacher; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Minnie Driver plays Rosina da Silva, a young Jewish woman in 1840s London who passes herself off as a gentile, landing a job at a remote Scottish mansion, where she becomes governess to a family so dour and civilized that she appears to have entered a castle of WASP vampires. The Governess is a have-your-kugel-and-eat-it-too princess fantasy. Writer-director Sandra Goldbacher glorifies her heroine at every turn, but she also fills the movie with arid pauses, turning it into a claustrophobic study in ”repression.” C

Originally posted August 14 1998 — 12:00 AM EDT

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