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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.

Director:

Susan Seidelman

Writers:

Zena Collier (novel), Marsha Norman (teleplay)
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Field ... Iris
Judy Davis ... Paula
Winston Rekert Winston Rekert ... Jack
Jerry Wasserman ... Leo
Carly Pope ... Beth
Jessalyn Gilsig ... Callie
Gerard Plunkett ... Graham
Alec Willows ... Marcus
Denalda Williams Denalda Williams ... Yvonne
Peter Yunker Peter Yunker ... Oliver
Rick Ravanello ... Handsome Welder (as Rick Ravenello)
Tasha Simms ... Boutique Owner
Suzanne Ristic Suzanne Ristic ... Iris' Lawyer
Doug Abrahams ... Manager
Claire Riley Claire Riley ... Customs Lawyer
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adynamies See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Paula Tanner: What is this? Some sort of... chicken?
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Connections

Featured in The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2000) See more »

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Excellent Acting both Sally Field and Judy Davis.
25 December 2001 | by barrythecantorSee all my reviews

Too small for a movie movie but perfect for a TV movie. The emotions were real and unexpected. I ended up really caring for the main characters and empathizing with them. On a day when I saw Lord of the Rings in the movies and was impressed but unmoved, I was glad to come home to a film that was truly moving.


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