Cold Comfort Farm

Clever orphan Flora Poste (Kate Beckinsale), an aspiring novelist with an expensive education, a fetching figure and scarcely a penny to her name, is packed off to stay with her dour rustic relations, dark and stormy misfits all. She quickly makes it her mission to tidy things up on the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm, and does so with surpassing sagacity...read more

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Clever orphan Flora Poste (Kate Beckinsale), an aspiring novelist with an expensive education, a fetching figure and scarcely a penny to her name, is packed off to stay with her dour rustic relations, dark and stormy misfits all. She quickly makes it her mission

to tidy things up on the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm, and does so with surpassing sagacity and droll good humor. Is it all a bit fey? Most assuredly, and that's one of the best things about it. Based on the 1932 novel by Stella Gibbons and directed by John Schlesinger, this tart but fluffy paean

to good sense and clean linen is a bracing reminder that the reason the English think they're so clever is that they are -- some of them, at any rate. Look for Ab Fab's Joanna Lumley as a cultured connoisseur of brassieres, and Ian McKellen demonstrating vigorously that there's no hambone like a

knighted hambone.

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