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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 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 »

Quotes

Paula Tanner: I don't like the ocean, I never did, I like the desert.
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Connections

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

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Okay movie for a lazy Sunday afternoon...
29 August 1999 | by YoubetiamSee all my reviews

Somewhere in-between dreary network made for TV movies and sappy chick flicks on the big screen lies "A Cooler Climate". I walked away from this movie and said, "Well it wasn't painful." Decent acting, decent script, decent story. No big surprises, no big disappointments. Overall a perfectly average movie. Which is fine, because this movie touched on basic human relationships and chronicled how two women started an important friendship that helped both of them put back together their lives. I gave it a seven out of ten just on the basis that nothing about "A Cooler Climate" annoyed me like dreary network made for TV movies or sappy big screen chick flicks. We all need a little forced sentiment in our lives and this was better than most.


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