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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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Iris
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Winston Rekert ...
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Leo
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Beth
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Callie
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Graham
Alec Willows ...
Marcus
Denalda Williams ...
Yvonne
Peter Yunker ...
Oliver
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Handsome Welder (as Rick Ravenello)
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Boutique Owner
Suzanne Ristic ...
Iris' Lawyer
Doug Abrahams ...
Manager
Claire Riley ...
Customs Lawyer
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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 is speaking to her daughter from the clothing store, she says she is afraid she is going to be fired that morning. However, one can clearly see that it is dark outside, which would make it evening. See more »

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Paula Tanner: Iris, I don't want to breathe. Why the hell would I want to go to the garage?
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A dramatic showcase for the actresses...some good scenes undermined by fake uplift
15 April 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Cable-made drama adapted from Zena Collier's novel involving a middle-aged divorcée forced to take demeaning position as assistant to a wealthy, cantankerous bore. How soon will it be before the employer and her employee find out they have an awful lot in common? Sally Field manages to elevate this fabricated scenario with her bright presence (and she gets a handsome love-interest in Winston Rekert, who suits her better than any of the big-name stars she's paired up with in her theatrical movies), however Judy Davis (by this point) was starting to fall into a creative rut--she's all too excruciatingly mannered, and for what purpose? Director Susan Seidelman obviously wants to show us the yen and yang of the ladies' combustible relationship, the tug-of-war that eventually softens. Still, when the tide finally turns for put-upon Field, it happens in the most extraordinary way...too extraordinary for seasoned viewers to swallow lightly.


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