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Writer William Nicholson's (Shadowlands) directorial debut is a surprisingly refreshing art house drama. Even though Firelight has grandstanding elements of forbidden love, a bodice-ripping tryst, and the moody English countryside, the film is never trite or dreary. It's 1838 and Charles, an earnest sheep breeder (Stephen Dillane), wants an heir, but his wife is an invalid. He hires the penniless Elisabeth (Sophie Marceau, ravishing again) as surrogate mother and hopes a weekend of passionless sex will bring him a baby. The D.H. Lawrence-like love nest brings a surprise or two, as does the bulk of film that takes place seven years later. Whereas many a period drama would focus on potential scandal, Nicholson is squarely looking at love between mother and child, and the unmentioned love between Charles and Elisabeth. Miscast in nearly every film since her breakout performance in Braveheart, Marceau is wonderful here. She keeps her smoldering air, but her character is more hopeful than downbeat. Nicholson's casting of Dillane (think of a British Ed Harris) instead of some gorgeous hunk was box-office poison, but makes for a far more satisfying picture--and they are a very appealing couple. --Doug Thomas

Customer Reviews:

  • Firelight
    This movie is superb from beginning to end.Stephen Dillane and Sophie Marceau make a beautiful couple and it was hard to beleive they were only acting!. It was a most convincing story about both maternal and romantic love.
    It was well cast and all the characters did justice to the story.
    (I am definately a fan of both Dillne and Marceau, and look forward too watching more of their movies)I loved every moment of this movie, the romantic as story line, the beautiful scenery of the English country side,the various characters in the movie, most definately the two main actors, and the only dissapointment for me was that it had to end...... a most excellent movie.
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  • A beautiful film......on the top of the 'must see' list.
    I haven't enjoyed a film in a long time as much as I have enjoyed this one. I hated to return the rental film, and would love to buy it - when it comes down in price. It's beautiful, acting is supurb, from Sophie M to Stephen D (my first time to see him, but he's on the top of my fav actor list - now for sure) and on to their daughter. And all the supporting actors. I guess I'll have to rent that tape again, and watch and watch it!...more info
  • Great movie!
    This is one of my favorite movies. It is cast so well and the story is so intriguing. I found the movie to be beautifully and thoughtfully made. The only thing I don't understand is the R rating...there are a few mild sex scenes and one occurrence of the "F" word (mild by today's standards, to say the least). If you like romantic movies, add this one to your collection!...more info
  • A Magnificent cinematic achievement.
    Sadly, a classic example of what happens when "Hollywood's" corporate middle management indifference and ineptness - prevails. Nobody hears of it. Nobody sees it. Fortunately, the damn fools have to try to get their money back. Word of mouth alone should put the video release of this motion picture on the map for all time. There is not a false note anywhere. The performances - all of them - are magnificent. The emotional underpinnings of Christopher Gunning's compositions are breathtaking. In capturing even the minutest nuance, WILLIAM NICHOLSON has written and directed a motion picture classic....more info
  • "The Fire Gives More Light Than One Expects" ~ Love And The Power Of Desire
    Note: If you live in the America's you'll need a Multi-Region player to watch this DVD.

    Released in '97 `Firelight' is a delicate, atmospheric and romantic period film that in my estimation is more than an equal to such well known English classics as `Wuthering Heights' and `Pride and Prejudice.' To compare it with something familiar to movie viewers I would say it has a lot in common with `Jane Eyre' with a little touch of the American tale `The Miracle Worker.'

    Sophie Marceau is not only beautiful as expected, but delivers a very emotional, controlled performance as the new governess to a wealthy Englishman's child who also happens to be her own daughter. Stephen Dillane also provides a superior performance as the little girls Father and is the perfect choice for Sophie's love interest.

    `Firelight' has it all; great acting, strong storyline, enchanting soundtrack and lush, sometimes breathtaking cinematography. The sequences filmed of the lake house are magnificent....more info
  • THIS MOVIE WILL PUT FIRE INYOUR LIFE
    IT HAS GOT TO BE ONE OF THE MOST ROMANTIC MOVIES I HAVE SEEN . IT IS SO WONDERFULLY WELL WRITTEN. THE CHARACTERS ARE VERY BELIEVABLE. THE LTTLE GIRL ONLY ACTS THE WAY SHE DOES BECAUSE SHE IS ANGRY AND FEELS LEFT OUT THAT SHE DOES NOT HAVE A MOTHER.THIS IS THE REASON SHE SPENDS TIME IN THE BOAT HOUSE. I MEAN HEY LIVE OUT IN THE COUNTRY SHE HAS LITTLE IF NO CONTACT WITH PERSONS OF HER OWN AGE. OFTEN A MOM FILLS IN THOSE LITTLE VOIDS WHEN WE ARE CHILDREN. THE FATHER HAS SPOILED HER BECAUSE HE FEELS A LOSS AT HAVING ENDURED HIS WIFE'S ACCIDENT. THE POOR GUY HASN'T BEEN INTIMATE IN 10 YEARS AND FINALLY THIS GORGEOUS SWEEDISH SERROGATE MOTHER COMES ALONG AND LITTLE DOES HE KNOW WHAT JOY AND FUFILLMENT THIS WOMEN IS ABOUT TO BRING INTO HIS LIFE. THIS MOVIE WOULD MAKE A WONDERFUL BOOK CLUB DISCUSSON BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY AVENUES TO DISCUSS. IT S A WONDERFUL ROMANTIC MOVIE FOR COUPLES TO SEE......more info
  • Never heard of it , but the film is very good
    Took a chance at the video store and got a winner...more info
  • The movie is beautful and the music is even more so.........
    This is a real sleeper. It is sad that many people will not get to see it because it is a wonderful film with rich characterizations, gorgeous scenery and haunting music. The stars have real chemistry and Sophie is like a rose that blooms as the events unfold. Catch the beautiful boathouse...it is one of a kind. Do not miss this film, you will not be disappointed....more info
  • A thinking woman's romantic film.
    In 1838 young Swiss governess Elisabeth Laurier enters into a private arrangement with an unnamed British gentleman, brokered by the matronly Mrs. Jago, possibly a midwife. She will bear him a child in return for a large sum of money. Unable to have children with his incapacitated wife, he (Charles) chooses the surrogate mother with the care of one practiced in animal husbandry. Miss Laurier is an intelligent, healthy young woman whose father is in debt, perhaps in debtor's prison. She chooses to raise the sum to free her father by bearing a child rather than to "sell myself for life" in a marriage of convenience to a rich man. Subtle and beautiful, this carefully choreographed film doesn't waste words or gestures. Seven years have passed when the story resumes, and Elizabeth has finally traced her child to this estate and been hired as the latest governess. After minor setbacks, she quickly insinuates herself into a parental role with the misbehaving Louisa, despite Charles' unsuccessful attempt to see her off the property. Lord Clare, Charles' father, lives high in London, borrowing money against the estate and counseling Charles that living ones' life for pleasure is the only thing that matters. He polkas the property into the hands of the moneylenders (think "Scrooge and Marley" here!) Frank and drastic choices must be made by all.

    It was unfortunate that the lion's share of published reviews were written by critics who clearly didn't understand the literary back story of British culture at the time this film is set. The trick to "getting it" is to be a reader of 19th century British novels. I recommend Bronte, Austen, Hardy, Dickens, and a smattering of the books by twentieth century British historian and Regency romance writer Georgette Heyer. This film isn't a bodice ripper, nor is it a knock-off of Jane Eyre; the presence of a comatose wife is not sufficient to hold up the comparison, unless Jane Eyre is allowed meld with The French Lieutenant's Woman. The screenplay is, instead, reminiscent of a story that could come from the pen of Thomas Hardy. Much remains unsaid in this film, but falls in the realm of "understood" by those familiar with the literature of the period. An unmarried pregnant gentlewoman cannot work as a governess and must keep her pregnancy secret, possibly in the country or confined indoors, out of the public eye. She would have been supported by the father, possibly in the company of Mrs. Jago, the midwife, for the year of pregnancy and recovery. Finding a chink to learn the identity of the father would not be impossible, and the story flows in a logical manner. I disagree with another viewer who doesn't like the child actor in the role of the daughter Louisa. She acts the role of a willful, spoiled child so well that I think the reviewer missed the fact that she was acting also. You're supposed to dislike this child in the beginning.

    The staging of this film is as remarkable as the story. Prior to this film, I didn't know who Stephen Dillane was. Since viewing this one, I have discovered other of his performances, and am amazed at his natural movement from one character to another. I hear he is fabulous on stage. Unlike many actors who play themselves in every film, Dillane makes every performance original and entirely natural. Likewise with Marceau; her manner, speech, and gestures are unique to each film she makes. The supporting cast were exemplary, and the attention to set details must be credited, I think, to the screenwriter and director, William Nicholson. One would think that his ability to create such a movie would propel him into more directorial endeavors, but though he loved the resulting film, it failed at the box office, and he hasn't pursued any more directing. Too bad!

    There are times in the film when British and French accents are slightly difficult to understand by this American ear. I found that viewing this film the first time with subtitles cleared up the problem. The only version of this film available to purchase today that will work in region 1 DVD players is a Hong Kong NTSC release that is formatted to TV. A recent wide-screen European Region 2 release is a hopeful sign of renewed interest--perhaps it will cross the pond and be available here again in its full theatrical format. Decryption software is available for download and purchase in order to watch this film on a computer's DVD player, masking the region code. It is an extra measure of work in order to view this film, but wide screen is definitely best. This sleeper deserves to be rescued and re-released.
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  • A Rare Gem
    I like most period dramas and this movie has had an emotional effect on me unlike any other that I have seen. It is not a tear jerker, it just has a certain mood established by its setting that evokes a strong response. The impact if the love story is secondary to the interplay between the mother and daughter especially when the daughter discovers her true identity. It is a rare event indeed in this industry that all elements of a production (music, actors, plot, cinematography) all come together so perfectly. It did here....more info
  • Firelight
    I loved this film from the first time I saw it on Sky Box Office. The photography was excellent and the way the actors/actresses interacted was brilliant. Ever since then I have been trying to rent or nuy the video but with no success - is this ever going to be issued in the UK to buy....more info
  • A captivating and beautiful film
    I was so pleasantly surprised at this film. I just happened to catch it on TV and became so engrossed, I had to rush out to rent it again. The story is rich and the photography magical. I am so surprised not to have heard of this film before....it must have won awards. I rank it right up there with the Red Violin. It leaves you wanting the story to continue. Watching this film is time well spent. Excellent!...more info
  • Firelight and Fantasy Become Reality
    After watching scores of terrible films, I was beginning to believe that there is little hope for the film industry. This film, however, is truly brilliant. Even the most hard-core critic will have a difficult time deconstructing this masterpiece. As for the acting, Sophie Marceau and Stephan Dillane give stirring performances. Dillane is such a great actor. After seeing his performance in "Welcome to Sarajevo," I knew that "Firelight" would have a high calibre of acting. This film will go on my movie shelf as a "keeper." Moreover, the premise of the story is very interesting. Set in the early to mid nineteenth century, Charles (Dillane) engages Elizabeth (Marceau) in what he considers to be a purely "business" transaction. Because his wife is invalid, he proposes to spend three nights with Elizabeth in order to impregnate her so that he might have an heir. However, Elizabeth cannot keep her part of the bargain. Even though "Miss Louisa" was conceived during the time of firelight, she cannot forget the daughter she gave birth to. After seven years of searching, she finally finds her daughter and manages to obtain employment in Charles' household. This film is so touching because it explores the bond between mother and child. Just as Elizabeth yearned for her "English daughter," her daughter yearned for her mother - a gap, which no father can fill, no matter how much love is given. Finally, in addition to a wonderful script, superb acting and great cinematography, there is a happy ending....more info
  • MY ENGLISH DAUGHTER...
    This is a well acted, quirky period piece with an unusual story line. Here, an English gentleman (Stephen Dillane) is looking for a weekend of fairly anonymous sex in hopes of fathering a child, as his invalid wife is not up to the task. An impoverished Swiss miss (Sophie Marceau) is desperate for money due to her family's circumstances. She passes muster during the initial interview with the English gentleman and is hired for the job of potential surrogate mother. Their nights of anonymous sex turn out to be a surprise for both of them, yet they part with the understanding that they will never again meet. Their union having proved fruitful, she ultimately gives birth to a child, their daughter, who is taken from her immediately after birth and given to the father, as contracted. For seven long years they are separated. They are then all brought together, causing upheaval and tumultuous changes in all their lives.

    This is a well acted drama with fine performances by the entire cast. The only wrong note is struck by the child who plays the seven year old daughter. She is simply odious and obnoxious, making the viewer itch to slap her. There is nothing that the child does that makes the viewer feel the child's desire for a mother. The other performers, however, more than make up for this one dimensional child actress. Moreover, the cinematography is quite beautiful, with stunning shots of a fairytale lake house. All in all, this is a film that those who love period pieces will enjoy....more info
  • A richly-textured emotional landscape
    A marvelous film for anyone who delights in the visual. The rich colors inside Godwin's country house stand in stark contrast to the bitter coldness inside and out.After seeing this film three times, I continue to be entranced by the passion and delicacy that floats among Godwin, the governess, and the little girl. This movie is worth seeing if for no other reason than to observe the exquisitely-nuanced performance of Stephen Dillane : a slight tension around the mouth, a half-moment of tentative eye contact, a silent few seconds of hand-holding in an upstairs hallway. Everyone's performances are so pitch-perfect that one forgets this is a performance; it's as if we are voyeurs to these people's pain and hope....more info
  • Hooked on Firelight
    Did I like this Movie?????????????? Well I have only seen it 31-TIMES....and I'm not done yet, crazy huh. It's the best movie I have ever seen....more info
  • Firelight
    This is a movie for any fan of period stories, especially those interested in tales of love and romance. The performances in this film are exceptional. It's noteworthy that the love portrayed here is not only the deeply romantic love between a man and woman, but also the intense love between parent and child. It is a tremendous shame that this wonderful film is not yet available on DVD for American audiences!...more info
  • Unexpectedly beautiful
    I saw this movie when I was living in Spain and I wasn't expecting much, because I was looking for an English-speaking movie and anyone would have done, but this was an excellent movie. I don't want to give anything away to those who haven't seen it, but I was so pleased with the ending. I was expecting something "Shakespearean..."...more info
  • MY ENGLISH DAUGHTER...
    This is a well acted, quirky period piece with an unusual story line. Here, an English gentleman (Stephen Dillane) is looking for a weekend of fairly anonymous sex in hopes of fathering a child, as his invalid wife is not up to the task. An impoverished Swiss miss (Sophie Marceau) is desperate for money due to her family's circumstances. She passes muster during the initial interview with the English gentleman and is hired for the job of potential surrogate mother. Their nights of anonymous sex turn out to be a surprise for both of them, yet they part with the understanding that they will never again meet. Their union having proved fruitful, she ultimately gives birth to a child, their daughter, who is taken from her immediately after birth and given to the father, as contracted. For seven long years they are separated. They are then all brought together, causing upheaval and tumultuous changes in all their lives.

    This is a well acted drama with fine performances by the entire cast. The only wrong note is struck by the child who plays the seven year old daughter. She is simply odious and obnoxious, making the viewer itch to slap her. There is nothing that the child does that makes the viewer feel the child's desire for a mother. The other performers, however, more than make up for this one dimensional child actress. Moreover, the cinematography is quite beautiful, with stunning shots of a fairytale lake house. All in all, this is a film that those who love period pieces will enjoy....more info
  • GREAT
    I saw this on a trans-Atlantic flight I was trying to recommend it to my friends and was not quite sure of the title. One of those subtle movies that draws you in and just grabs you by your heartstrings. Amazing performances, one of those films wherein you won't feel sheepish for bawling your eyes out. simply put, a great film. I hope they release it on DVD! Definitely one VDO to keep!...more info
  • Simply Romantic
    Well thought out story. The settings, actors, actress, clothes,
    simply wonderful. It's warm and lustfull, with antisapation. I couldn't ask for a anything else from it....more info
  • Truly Magical
    I can't really say anymore than what has already been said after reading all of these reviews. This movie just takes my breath away. The music is so much a part of the film, also. I've been checking these reviews to see if anyone has found it anywhere. I finally said something to my husband and he had some luck. I just received my copy today (an early Valentine's present!) and it is exquisite. [....]...more info
  • A movie for romantics only.
    {Sigh.} This is a sleeper movie that catches the viewer completely by surprise. "Passion has no limits" proclaims the movie soundtrack which is now out of print and nearly impossible to find. That statement is correct and the viewer finds themselves caught up completely in the storyline, such as it is, waiting in anticipation for the next clandestine rendezvous of the two lovers. Who cares if the story is not historically correct or if the acting is not Oscar-worthy. Sophie Marceau is in her element here, and Stephen Dillane, while not a super-stud, is still perfect for the part and is a believable partner for Sophie. As for Louisa, the child is spoiled, obnoxious and difficult to feel sympathy for, but she is a creation of her environment and what her father made her to be.

    There are two flaws in this movie is the wife that is in a coma. Why the desperation for an heir if the wife is comatose and near death? Re-marriage and children are always an option. I thought this part of the movie was unbelieveable and silly. The screenwriters could have come up with something better. But, ah - I am being picky here. The second flaw is Louisa in the lake house, which was boring, and my attention drifted.

    The music in the movie is haunting and beautiful. The music is composed by Christopher Gunning and the violin solos strike the heart and remain in your memory.

    I recommend this movie and also the soundtrack. A+ Five Stars ...more info
  • One of the most beautiful films I have ever seen!!!
    So passionate and beautiful. I have seen this film about 4 times since 2002 and have been looking to buy the the DVD ever since and could not find it anywhere. I finally got the DVD here from Amazon (it was shipped from Hong Kong) and watched it again last night, and I am still deeply moved. The acting is just superb and you can feel every little emotion (and passion!) from actors, Sophie Marceau and Stephen Dillane. I am so disappointed that it is not released here in the US, I wonder if it will ever be released. This is such a precious gem and I am telling everyone I know to see it....more info
  • Best Unknown Movie!
    How can this movie be ignored by the US and European DVD markets when they manufacture DVD's of other movies that are of no value at all? This is an excellent movie with exceptional performances by Sophie Marceau and Dominique Belcourt (the 7 year old girl). This rare DVD is worth owning if you can find it in the Region 1 (US & Canada) format so it will play on US & Canadian DVD players. I have searched the Internet and the only Region 1 version I could find is from a third-party seller here on Amazon called Figureof8. This DVD is definitely a must for your DVD collection and an added plus is that the sales by Figureof8 help supplement his fixed disability income so buy one for a friend! PS - Does anyone know what happened to Dominique Belcourt? ...more info
  • DON'T FAST FORWARD!
    There are subtle gothic elements in this film that reminded me of 'Wuthering Heights'. However, this is a not so tragic look at hard-won love. Looking for a way to have a child, a man pays 500 pounds to a beautiful woman who needs to bail her father out of prison. They have three days together and then go their separate ways - never to cross paths again.

    Seven years pass...The woman cannot get the memory of her child out of her mind, or her heart.

    Posing as a governess, she shows up at the man's country estate and, after many misgivings, he allows her to stay and teach their daughter. Their emotional journey together is heart-wrenching.

    You must be patient with this one. It is deserving of attention and praise.

    Try also Moll Flanders. The mother-daughter reunion is beautiful....more info

  • Not for period purists
    This film is strictly a modern romance with people dressed in period clothes. As such it works. But it's not for viewers who want any kind of historic accuracy.

    The entire plot hinges on a Victorian man with a wife in a years-long coma who wants an heir. He hires a woman he doesn't know as a surrogate mother. In reality there was always _someone_, some nephew or cousin, legally in line to be the heir. Many Victorians were satisfied with maintaining an avuncular relationship without formal adoption. However, when a Victorian couple did want to formally adopt an heir--which was sometimes the case--there was usually some relative with several children who was willing to give one child the considerable financial and social advantages provided by such adoption. Unless disreputable, the parents were allowed to maintain contact with the child.

    However, adoption was the resort of a married couple who had entirely given up hope of normal procreation. A man who was unmarried, or whose wife seemed likely to die, would generally prefer to marry or remarry and would anticipate children from that marriage. Victorian medical technology was, as far as I know, incapapable of sustaining someone in a coma for years. In reality, the wife in _Firelight_ would soon die and her husband would be able to remarry.

    And, the heir in the film was female. An heir had to be male to inherit a title or an entailed estate, and was always male by preference anyway. Wealthy couples who produced only one daughter--or several in a row--would keep on trying for a son.

    Other problems included a man with a mistress bringing her openly to a house/Christmas party attended by "respectable" women and couples. Women known to be courtesans, kept mistresses, or adulteresses were not invited to "nice" private homes or permitted to associate with respectable women and children. A lack of morals was viewed as somehow contagious. Everybody--even respectable women--knew that some men had mistresses, saw noted courtesans at the opera, and saw prostitutes working the streets. But what Victorians did, and what they admitted to, were two different things.

    Maybe I'm being particular. But for anyone whose enjoyment of a film would be spoiled by the unbelieveableness of its basic premise and some less important details--well, I'm warning you....more info

  • Untstanding movie, had me involved the hole time!
    Thoroughly enjoyed this film. We watched it twice! We were drawn into the story from the opening and stayed with it to the end. A hardy, Well Done to the Writer-Director William Nicholson. The acting by Sophie Marceau was spellbounding! Five Stars to her alone. Stephen Dillane, a new face to us was surperb. The little girl, what can you say, she made it all come together. A compelling story acted out with conviction and feelings. We loved it....more info
  • A True Romantic Movie
    I saw this movie on TV and was so impressed with it that I had to rent the video to watch it over again. I think Sophie Marceau is a unique beauty. In this movie, she has so many different expressions (happy, sad, feeling pain) but yet looked beautiful in her own unique way. I love the part when she tried to shout while facing the sea. Stephen Dillane is one of my favourite actors now after this movie. His acting was excellent. He is handsome in his own way. Definitely charmed me!...more info
  • A "MUST SEE" WORK OF ART!
    Great love story, strong drama, beautiful score and visuals;

    POWERFUL, breathtaking performances by Marceau and Dillane;
    as someone previously and so eloquently stated, "exquisitely-nuanced."

    Indeed, an absolute genius endeavor and overall compelling, MUST SEE film!

    How dare the industry keep this classic gem from the people at large for so long?!

    Readily available and easily accessable opportunities much needed in place
    for the masses to view and to OWN this obvious work of art!...more info
  • Loved It
    I already made a comment on someone's review; so I'll try to keep this short. This is one of my favorite films, absolutely beautiful and romantic. Lovely music, fits the mood, and beautiful scene's. I think all the actor's did a marvelous job; you truly believe their emotions. I don't care whether the wife wouldn't have survived that long in the 1800's, and I don't care if the ice looked like styrofoam (as someone suggested) (it looked like ice to me - I never once didn't feel the cold water as the mother struggled to get to her daughter - it was very realistic in my mind.) I give it an A+++. Beautifully done; too bad there aren't more movies like this. One point to remember to all the really picky reviewers: In Shakespeare's day the women's parts were played by men, no-one cared about great accuracy. The play was the thing! You are supposed to use your heart and head and not just your eyes. When you read a book there ususally aren't pictures (unless you're a child.) I think technology has caused us to forget about our God-given imaginations and emotions. This was a lovely romance. I wish it were out in the U.S. too.......more info
  • MY ENGLISH DAUGHTER...
    This is a well acted, quirky period piece with an unusual story line. Here, an English gentleman (Stephen Dillane) is looking for a weekend of fairly anonymous sex in hopes of fathering a child, as his invalid wife is not up to the task. An impoverished Swiss miss (Sophie Marceau) is desperate for money due to her family's circumstances. She passes muster during the initial interview with the English gentleman and is hired for the job of potential surrogate mother. Their nights of anonymous sex turn out to be a surprise for both of them, yet they part with the understanding that they will never again meet. Their union having proved fruitful, she ultimately gives birth to a child, their daughter, who is taken from her immediately after birth and given to the father, as contracted. For seven long years they are separated. They are then all brought together, causing upheaval and tumultuous changes in all their lives.

    This is a well acted drama with fine performances by the entire cast. The only wrong note is struck by the child who plays the seven year old daughter. She is simply odious and obnoxious, making the viewer itch to slap her. There is nothing that the child does that makes the viewer feel the child's desire for a mother. The other performers, however, more than make up for this one dimensional child actress. Moreover, the cinematography is quite beautiful, with stunning shots of a fairytale lake house. All in all, this is a film that those who love period pieces will enjoy....more info
  • Happiness, At What Price?
    Firelight is a story of forbidden desire and a woman's love for her child. Moreover, more importantly, it is a story of what people are capable of doing and the boundaries people are willing to transgress for "happiness". Sophie Marceau is stunning and her performance of a woman who provides a child out of wedlock and falls in love - despite the financial arrangement is second to none.

    Sometime in 1800's in London, a Swiss governess and an English aristocrat are joined together thorugh a contractual arrangement but somehow turn it into three nights of passion with the intent of never seeing each other again. Fate has a funny way of catching up with them as they unexpectedly (or is it?) find themselves in a situation that promises to disentangle the English aristocrates life.

    The pain the she has to endure as her child mistreats her (not knowing she is her mother), the vitriolic replies from the child's father and the ever present bed-ridden wife prove to be a challenge that almost proves too much to bear. In the end, Dillane manages to dispose of his problems to re-unite with Marceau and they ride off into the sunset... touching moments abound as the child is reunited with her mother (who tells her the story of the Firelight), the reunion of the lovers and the triumph of love. Someone had to pay - a death for happiness? Was there no other way? Was it justified? You be the judge.....

    Miguel Llora...more info

  • Great film -- but where's the DVD?
    Waiting for DVD release before purchase. Come on guys...more info
  • A daring "costumer"!
    Under the guise of "an old-fashioned romance", this incredibly beautiful film takes on some very controversial themes, including surrogate motherhood and euthanasia. It explores the theme of motherhood in a way no film has done before. Every word of the dialogue is freighted with meaning, much of which requires a second viewing to receive fully. Marceau and Dillane make an enthralling couple, and their chemistry is unmistakable....more info
  • One of my favorites (VHS & CD)! Give us DVD!!!
    I love this movie, especially the music! I bought the VHS as soon as it became available. Later on I bought my mother a copy in case something happened to mine. (...) Where there's a will, there's a way....more info
  • A total surprise
    This is apparently quite an old movie and I had never even heard of it. A friend has been nagging me to see it, assuring me that I would love it - but they way she described it did not wholley convince me. Set in Victorian Britain she mentioned how it involved invalid wives, an adopted child, separation and forbidden love. I thought it would be a down beat Jane Eyre, but I was wrong.

    This is a beautiful and really quite uplifting film. The acting is very strong and Sophie Marceau is surpringly good as the passionate heroine who stands up, not only for her own happiness but also for the happiness of her child. The characters have unexpected depths and do not behave predictably. It is also very set in a lovely house in the depths of winter and it is visually a feast. I am now grateful to my friend for her recommendation and feel I should spread the word. Watch it while it is still available in video shops. I hope its distributors decide to re-release it as I, for one, would like to own a copy....more info

  • What we do for love
    A semi-widowed Englishman with a comatose wife contracts a surrogate mother in 18th century London. He finds a young Swiss woman whose father's debts have forced her into a position where she agrees to become pregnant, bear a child, and then dissappear. The initial agreement is that the two parents never see one another again. Brokered by a midwife in Europe the pairing over a week of the Englishman and the Swiss child breeder surprises both of them when they discover a chemistry underneath their business arrangement but the man's wife is still alive. They conceive a child and when born the mother gives her up as planned. Seven years go by and she finds out where her daughter Louisa is and becomes her governess in England. While providing discipline to her daughter the chemistry reignites between the parents but the man is still not widowed. ...more info
  • I LOVED THIS FILM AND I FINALLY GOT IT ON DVD!!!!!
    What a gorgeous and moving film! The acting was superb. Sophie Marceau was riveting. I personally think Stephen Dillane is one very sexy man. The cinematography was wonderful and scenes were beautifully shot. Such passion and feeling projected off the screen. And I loved the little house on the lake. I want one like it. I rented this a few years back with my mom and we loved it! Too bad it's not on DVD in the US. I ordered mine from asia. But everyone must see this film! I think I'm obsessed....more info
  • Wonderful Movie
    This is an exceptional period in the Jane Austen style. Everyone else here has established the plot, but I can just add that if you like Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility you will like this film. It will tug at your heart strings, and make you laugh. My wife and I really loved this film. I wish it was available on DVD in widescreen format ... maybe someday!...more info