Cold Comfort Farm (1995)

Cold Comfort Farm (1995)

Directed by: John Schlesinger

Starring: Eileen Atkins, Kate Beckinsale, Sheila Burrell

This sure is a Britishy movie. The Britishest, one might even say. It’s got a pretty good cast with a couple fairly high profile people, like Ian McKellen as a fire & brimstone preacher and Steven Fry as an annoying guy who keeps wanting to get into Kate Beckinsale’s pants. Also some woman from Absolutely Fabulous, if that counts as “high profile” in your world.

A young socialite in the 30’s (Beckinsale) goes to live with her crazy backwoods cousins after her parents die so she can get some “real life experience” for the book she’s writing. After deciding that she doesn’t like the primitive and backward way her hillbilly cousins live, she convinces them, one-by-one, to join the 20th century and become more modern and happy.

There were some funny moments in here, and it was a really beautifully done period piece (it was made by the BBC, and that’s the thing they do best). It’s a pretty by-the-numbers story with no twists or surprises, which means it relies pretty heavily on “these wacky people don’t know how to not be dirty and poor, ha ha.” If that sounds like it’d be up your alley, check it out.


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