The Governess


The Governess Review

Minnie Driver nipple alert! Sometimes there's nothing more painful than a forbidden 19th-century romance, filled with chest beating and cries of "This is madness!!" Nonethelss, Sandra Goldbacher ushes in yet another take on The Piano, only without much of the real, underlying emotion. Set in the lonely Scotland manse of a photographic pioneer (Wilkinson), Driver arrives on the scene from London to care for the family's child. Hiding the fact that she's a Jew, she quickly falls for her charge's father. Hair-tearing ensues, thanks to Driver's rebellious influence on the family. A really dull ending disappoints, but the film on a whole isn't unpalatable if you're looking for something a little more contemplative (read: slow).

The Governess

Facts and Figures

Run time: 115 mins

In Theaters: Friday 31st July 1998

Box Office Worldwide: 3

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Production compaines: British Screen Productions, Arts Council of England, British Broadcasting Company

Reviews 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 65%
Fresh: 22 Rotten: 12

IMDB: 6.2 / 10

Cast & Crew


Starring: as Rosina da Silva, as Mr. Charles Cavendish, as Mrs. Cavendish, as Henry Cavendish, as Clementina Cavendish, as Lily Milk, the Maid, as Rebecca, Adam Levy as Benjamin, Countess Koulinskyi as Aunt Sofka