Recently I watched a 1997 movie on YouTube called “Firelight” starring Sophie Marceau and Stephen Dillane. The film was written and directed by William Nicholson. I was very touched by the movie and would like to share it with those who haven’t watched it.
Briefly, the story is about a woman who agrees to bear the child of an English landowner in exchange for money to pay her father’s debts. When the child is born, the woman gives up the right to her as agreed. Seven years later, the woman is hired as a governess to a child on a remote Sussex estate, whose father is the anonymous landowner…….
What impresses me most about the film is the part about how the mother is determined to teach her child to behave so she can be loved by people other than her doting father. I’m sure there’s something here to be learned by young parents in Hong Kong or elsewhere.
“It's a kind of magic. Firelight makes time stand still. When you put out the lamps and sit in the firelight's glow there aren't any rules any more. You can do what you want, say what you want, be what you want, and when the lamps are lit again, time starts again, and everything you said or did is forgotten. More than forgotten - it never happened.”