The Governess (1998)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance

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When the father of privileged Rosina da Silva violently dies, she decides to pass herself off as a gentile and finds employment with a family in faraway Scotland. Soon she and the family ... See full summary »




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  • Minnie Driver and Florence Hoath in The Governess (1998)
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11 September 1999 | merisalo
a very rare occasion to hear Sefardi music and observe British Sefardi customs of the early 19th century
Apart from being a well-acted, well-constructed film, "The Governess" should be seen by those interested both in Judaica and Romance studies. The film offers a unique occasion of hearing judezmo, the archaic Spanish spoken by Sefardi Jews, and getting acquainted with their splendid musical tradition (Classic songs, e.g. "Cuando el rey Nimrod", performed instrumentally and by Ofra Haza). It is also quite interesting to observe e.g. the characteristic head-dress worn by the protagonist when still in her London environment, and customs of the London Sefardi community as portrayed here.

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$57,799 2 August 1998

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