A Cooler Climate (1999)





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Susan Seidelman directs this critically acclaimed made-for-cable TV movie based on the novel by Zena Collier. A nasty divorce leaves one-time housewife Iris Prue (Sally Field) in unstable financial circumstances, forcing her to accept a demeaning job as live-in housekeeper to the family of imperious, snooty Paula Tanner (Judy Davis). Slowly rebuilding her life in the small Maine town where she's employed by the Tanners, Iris makes new friends and even strikes up a romance with an artist named Jack (Winston Rekert). When Paula is left by her own husband and undergoes a psychological crisis as a result, Iris is surprised to find herself befriending the employer with whom she once clashed, and an unexpected friendship blooms. Jerry Wasserman, Jessalyn Gilsig, and Carly Pope co-star. Both Field and Davis were nominated for Screen Actors Guild and Emmy awards for their work in A Cooler Climate.
Drama , Television
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CBS Television Studios


Sally Field
as Iris Prue
Judy Davis
as Paula Tanner
Jerry Wasserman
as Leo Tanner
Carly Pope
as Beth
Alec Willows
as Marcus
Peter Yunker
as Oliver
Tasha Simms
as Boutique Owner
Suzanne Ristig
as Iris's Lawyer
Doug Abraham
as Manager
Claire Riley
as Customs Lawyer
Campbell Lane
as Mr. Mathers
Gary Hetherington
as Mr. Blake
Andrew Guy
as Beth's Boyfriend
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Critic Reviews for A Cooler Climate

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Presents a fascinating look at how difficult it is for middle-agers to start their lives over from scratch.

Full Review… | March 15, 2002
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Audience Reviews for A Cooler Climate


Judy bitches the hell out of Sally, she gives it right back. A wonderful opportunity to see two great actresses bring out the best in each other in a story of how two people who seem to have little in common can be each other's salvation.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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A very good pairing of strong actress such as Sally Field and Judy Davis make: A Cooler Climate such a good movie. Fields plays a divorced housewive whom moves into a cold wealhier woman's (Davis) home. They have to deal with very opposite personalities and play off one another very well.

Mason Williams
Mason Williams

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