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A Cooler Climate (1999)

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
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Handsome Welder (as Rick Ravenello)
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Boutique Owner
Suzanne Ristic ...
Iris' Lawyer
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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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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 »

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Jack: Would you like to go for a bike ride?
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Featured in The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2000) See more »

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All-around good film w/very well done performances
27 October 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this last spring ('02) when I rented it from Blockbuster and really thought it a good film. It's a film from Showtime television so it just goes to show how much better pay TV is than basic. Sally & Judy (both nominees at the Emmys and Screen Actors Guild awards for best actress in a TV movie or a miniseries) turn in the best performances as Iris Prue (Field) and Paula Tanner (Davis), two women who you'd think would be the most unlikely pair of girlfriends. Iris is a middle-aged woman who ends up broke after filing for divorce and gets burned after a failed relationship with a man she's too good for and takes a position as housekeeper for Paula at her vacation house in up-state New York. Paula's a frigid, short-fused, frustrated-with-herself socialite who's going through a marriage that's heading down hill... FAST!!! and has a rebellious pre-20s daughter, Beth, who's heading for heartbreak and serious self-destruction. Iris and Beth at first are at odds but then become good friends. Meanwhile, Iris meets and falls in love with Jack (Winston Rekert), the first real man she's met in her life, possibly and things go well until she and Paula come to terms with their relationship. This was a very good film (8/10) that may just become one of those "women films" (I HATE that stereotype) that even us guys will end up liking. I want my mom and grandma to see it, too.


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