A Cooler Climate (1999)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama  |  22 August 1999 (USA)
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Iris is broke after her divorce and takes a job working as a housekeeper for a wealthy woman named Paula. When Paula and her husband separate, an unlikely friendship blossoms between the women.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Winston Rekert ...
Alec Willows ...
Denalda Williams ...
Peter Yunker ...
Handsome Welder (as Rick Ravenello)
Boutique Owner
Suzanne Ristic ...
Iris' Lawyer
Doug Abrahams ...
Claire Riley ...
Customs Lawyer


A woman travels to coastal Maine after her divorce to start a job as housekeeper for a bitter, wealthy woman. They do not hit if off, but no one will work for the rich woman, and Field has no skills and needs the job. They each get involved in the other's life and eventually learn to respect and even like one another. This is the story of the journey of two middle-aged women and how they learn to accept what life has to offer. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Envy. Fidelity. Outrage....the start of a beautiful friendship.



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Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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22 August 1999 (USA)  »

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When Iris goes to the beach to read and eventually takes a nap, the sun is in the same position when she awakes as it was when she first got there. See more »


Paula Tanner: What upsets me is the condition of your room!
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Featured in The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2000) See more »

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A touching movie with romance and friendships.
17 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is awesome. A Divorcée meeting a new love, trying to overcome the mistakes of her past. She is spawning new friendships in a new town, One turning point was when she decided to go to the reading night at the book store. A pompous, starchy, rich bitch who forms a lasting bond of friendship with her house keeper. A couple of reverse rolls--what more could you ask for. A real tear jerker at times. Sally Field has always been one of my favorite actresses and continues to be after seeing this movie. Some of the actors/actresses portrayed, I had never seen before--but I will look for them in the future--in more movies.

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