Movie Review: 'The Governess' (1998) 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… R Drama Romance Minnie Driver Jonathan Rhys Meyers Tom Wilkinson Sony Pictures Classics
Movie Review

Movie Review: 'The Governess' (1998)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
C

Details Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Romance; With: Minnie Driver, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Tom Wilkinson; 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 Aug 14, 1998 Published in issue #445 Aug 14, 1998 Order article reprints