Cold Comfort Farm (1995)

TV Movie   |  PG   |    |  Comedy, Romance


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A recently orphaned young woman goes to live with eccentric relatives in Sussex, where she sets about improving their gloomy lives.

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  • Ian McKellen in Cold Comfort Farm (1995)
  • Kate Beckinsale and Rufus Sewell in Cold Comfort Farm (1995)
  • John Schlesinger in Cold Comfort Farm (1995)
  • Kate Beckinsale in Cold Comfort Farm (1995)

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6 September 2004 | dennisayers
"I'd take the old woman as well -- but she's so gloomy!"
This film was produced for BBC television but had a theatrical release the next year -- probably to take advantage of the popularity of all those Jane Austen movies (Emma, Persuasion, et. al.) It is not a Jane Austen story, but it is a sort of genial romance/comedy of manners (set in the early 1930's?) with a plucky, bright, but penniless heroine. The book it was based on was actually a parody of Gothic romance fiction. Even though this movie is played for laughs (and has many), it still manages to make you care for the characters. Everything works here and (editing, cinematography, performances) and you really appreciate what the director, John Schlesinger, managed to do on a probably skimpy budget.

This movie was the first I ever saw of Kate Beckinsale and I thought she was fantastic in it. I remained a fan for a long while, even though her subsequent movie performances (and choices) have been awful. She finally lost me with her recent laughable turn in Van Helsing. Nevertheless, she WAS good in Cold Comfort Farm, so if you're no fan of Beckinsale don't let that dissuade you from seeing this movie.

Other standouts in the cast are Eileen Atkins, Rufus Sewell, and Ian McKellen who is screamingly funny as a fire and brimstone preacher.

This film is definitely worth having on video or DVD in that it bears up very well to repeated viewings. I've seen it at least 5 times since its release, and my estimation of it rises with each viewing.

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