Director: John Schlesinger
Original Release: 1995
Choice: My Wife's
My Overall Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Cold Comfort Farm, an adaptation of Stella Gibbons's 1932 novel of the same name, was originally produced for BBC television. It was also briefly released in North American theaters. Loads of well-known British actors are in the cast, though not all of them known so well in 1995. Kate Beckinsale stars with Joanna Lumley, Ian McKellen and Rufus Sewell in support.
Flora Poste, a teenage girl suddenly orphaned, moves in with strange relatives on a dilapidated farm. Flora sets about putting things as she feels they should be. I will admit upfront that I fell asleep part way through (very tired, not a commentary on the film) but saw enough to follow the story. For My Wife, it is close to the ideal movie: British period piece, witty dialogue and one of her favorite dreamies (Sewell). I enjoyed it, though I do think of it as more her sort of movie than mine.
One funny bit worth mentioning, in light of my own movie theme for the year: the film's score (by Robert Lockhart) is, for the most part, fine if unremarkable. However, as Seth, Sewell's character, is about to leave the farm to pursue his dream of Hollywood stardom, the theme music from Gone with the Wind plays. We should be getting to that one in a few weeks.