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Movie Review: 'The Governess'

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The Governess

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Minnie Driver, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Tom Wilkinson
director:
Sandra Goldbacher
distributor:
Sony Pictures Classics
author:
Sandra Goldbacher
genre:
Drama, Romance

We gave it a C

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