Director: William Nicholson Cast: Sophie Marceau, Stephen Dillane, Kevin Anderson



A woman is torn by both romantic and maternal love in this period romantic drama set in the 1830s. Elisabeth (Sophie Marceau), a Swiss governess, is the beautiful daughter of a once-prosperous landowner who has fallen deeply into debt. Charles Godwin (Stephen Dillane) is a prominent British aristocrat whose wife has suffered a crippling accident; doomed to spend the rest of her life in a semi-comatose state, she cannot bear Charles the child he so desperately needs. So Charles strikes an agreement with Elisabeth; she will conceive a child with him and hand it over after it is born in exchange for him paying off her father's debts. Elisabeth and Charles set aside three nights to make a baby, and while the matter is supposed to be purely functional and not romantic, Elisabeth finds it difficult to feel that way at the end of the third evening. She is heartbroken when she has to give up the child, and her obsession with the daughter she gave away is reflected in her journals and sketchbooks. Seven years later, Elisabeth discovers the whereabouts of Charles and their daughter, Louisa (Dominique Belcourt); when she learns they need a governess, she is hired for the position by Charles's sister-in-law Constance (Lia Williams), who is unaware that Elisabeth is Louisa's birth mother. When Charles discovers that Elisabeth is the new governess, he is furious, but he eventually takes pity on her and allows her to stay with the child for one month. However, before long, Elisabeth's attraction to Charles resurfaces, and their clandestine romance forces a number difficult questions. Firelight marked the directorial debut of noted screenwriter William Nicholson.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2010
UPC: 4895043506949
Original Release: 1997
Source: Ais
Region Code: 3
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 22,604

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sophie Marceau Elisabeth
Stephen Dillane Charles Godwin
Kevin Anderson John Taylor
Joss Ackland Lord Clare
Lia Williams Constance
Dominique Belcourt Louisa

Technical Credits
William Nicholson Director
Edward Brett Asst. Director
Susan Cartsonis Executive Producer
Brian Eastman Producer
Carmen Finestra Executive Producer
Andrea Galer Costumes/Costume Designer
Jane Gibson Choreography
Christopher Gunning Score Composer
Rob Harris Production Designer
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Rick Leed Executive Producer
Sandy Macrae Sound/Sound Designer
David McFadzean Executive Producer
Ted Morley Associate Producer
Nic Morris Cinematographer
Matt Williams Executive Producer
Chris Wimble Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Firelight
1. Chapter 1 [9:44]
2. Chapter 2 [11:33]
3. Chapter 3 [7:10]
4. Chapter 4 [11:25]
5. Chapter 5 [9:54]
6. Chapter 6 [9:34]
7. Chapter 7 [9:49]
8. Chapter 8 [16:49]
9. Chapter 9 [13:16]

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Firelight 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
LUVSMOVIES More than 1 year ago
This is my husband and my favorite romantic movie and I am thrilled to be able to get this on DVD. I only wish it were available in Blue ray because the photography is magnificent. Excellence is the operative for this movie not only for the photography but for the story, the acting and the sound track. Highly recommend to anyone. This is a timeless classic.
nooklooker More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story. One of my favorites. Wish I could get it in Blu ray/widescreen.
HomePools More than 1 year ago
Love this story! Gothic romance - beautiful. Wish they had a version that was in the original widescreen and not pan-and-scan.