Picks and Pans Review: Firelight
Sophie Marceau, Stephen Dillane
Jane Eyre with sex. That pretty much sums up Firelight, a delicate, romantic, British period drama that moves at a meditative pace (some would say ponderous) despite the heroine's fast-fluttering heart. Slow or no, it's a deeply passionate film, and fans of gothic romance—you know who you are—will savor it.
Dillane plays a well-born Englishman who in 1838 pays Marceau, who is Swiss, £500 to have sex with him, bear his child and then surrender the baby at birth. Seven long years later, she manages to get herself hired as her daughter's governess without Dillane's knowledge and shows up at his remote English estate. Sparks instantly fly between the two despite a big ol' secret in the attic that has to be dealt with before the lovers can find true happiness.
Marceau (Braveheart) excels at playing mournful women in love and Dillane here is her melancholic match. With Firelight, screenwriter William Nicholson makes a glowing directorial debut. (R)
Bottom Line: The heat's turned way up in this sexy romance
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