The film The Governess
The film “The Governess” knowingly plays with the expectations associated with the theme of poor governess in a rich man’s house by building up the storyline such that romantic feelings develop between the governess and her employer. Just like Jane Eyre, the protagonist Rosina in the story is a woman of breeding from a poor family and is able to develop a strong, supportive relationship with the employer’s daughter. In a manner similar to Bertha in Jane Eyre, the employer’s wife is sidelined; she suffers from ennui and remains peripheral in her husband’s life.
The story also occurs in a more modern setting; as a result, the main characters engage in sexual relations, which they don’t do in Jane Eyre because that story is set in the Victorian era. The character of Rosina is not the shy, retiring type and takes naked pictures of her employer when he is asleep. The story of the Governess therefore attempts to subvert the idealistic background of the original story and demonstrates that such love affairs may not necessarily end happily, neither would the female protagonist always be a genteel, sacrificing young woman. For viewers who approach the film “The Governess” expecting the same kind of idealistic storyline and upholding the romantic ideal of love triumphing against all odds, the film is likely to be a disappointing experience. It portrays the same storyline but in a realistic fashion which shows that life sometimes cuts in and forces outcomes that are not