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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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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 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 »


Paula Tanner: Iris, I don't want to breathe. Why the hell would I want to go to the garage?
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Featured in The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2000) See more »

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A Surprisingly Strong Movie
24 September 2004 | by (Gainesville GA) – See all my reviews

When I cut on Lifetime, I said, "Oh, well, just a Sally Field movie on." However, as I became involved in the movie, I realized that the story was captivating--as was Sally Field. She remains very attractive, and she can stimulate a range of emotions in viewers.

The movie was not predictable, because there were several times I thought I knew the next step--but each time I was wrong. So the film moved well past soap opera status.

My only criticism: Her professional advancement seemed a bit too rapid. Other than that, I rate the story very highly, and rank her acting A plus.

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