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Flora Poste, a young lady of twenty years old and a budding writer who has just lost both of her parents and has only £100 a year, writes to relatives to allow her to stay with them while she works on her writing. She receives a letter from her cousin Judith Starkadder from Cold Comfort Farm, a run down farm that is said to be cursed. Judith is happy to welcome "Robert Poste's child" to her farm in order to do penance for something that her husband, Amos, did to Flora's father years ago. While Flora stays with the Starkadders, she tries to "fix" everyone's life at Cold Comfort Farm, including renovating the house.
There are a good deal of period drama actors and actresses in Cold Comfort Farm (I always like to see actors that I can recognize from different period dramas). Eileen Atkins (Judith Starkadder) can also be seen in Cranford as Deborah Jenkyns. Kate Beckinsale (Flora Poste) can also be seen in Emma (1997) as Emma Woodhouse. Stephen Fry (Mybug) can be heard as the Cheshire Cat in the latest Alice in Wonderland movie. Ian McKellen (Amos Starkadder) can also be seen in The Scarlet Pimpernel as Chauvelin. Rufus Sewell (Seth Starkadder) can also be seen in Middlemarch as Will Landislaw and in Amazing Grace as Thomas Clarkson.
There are a good deal of quirky characters and few "normal" characters. Flora and her city friends were the "normal" characters in the story. Though they are "normal" they still have a couple of quirks to them, but not as quirky as the Starkadders of Cold Comfort Farm. They do come off as a bit snobby, but they are willing to help Flora out with the Starkadders (most of the time by sending things by post).
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A good thing about this movie was the literary references. There are a couple of references to Jane Austen and I did get a chuckle out of the fact that Mybug, a writer who falls in love with Flora (though she does not like him), is writing a thesis about how Branwell Bronte (brother of Charlotte, Anne, and Emily Bronte) wrote all of their books.
Spoiler What I didn't like in the movie (but I heard that it was the case in the original novel), is that there were some unanswered questions. For instance, what did Ada Doom (Judith's mother) see in the woodshed? And what did Amos do to Robert Poste? These questions were not answered, which was a shame. But if the original novel was that way, I guess there was nothing the film makers could do about it. End of Spoiler
Like many a period drama, Cold Comfort Farm has very nice scenery. There are plenty of country scenes to be gazed at as well as some city scenes. Most of the story takes place at Cold Comfort Farm, which starts out originally as a worn down farm, but after Flora fixes it up it looks nice. There is a small town that Flora goes into for a couple of scenes that looks like a quaint country town: rather nice in my opinion. The scenery in Cold Comfort Farm is definitely one of the high points.
The costuming was rather nice! I don't know very much about 1930s fashions, but I rather liked the way it looked in Cold Comfort Farm. Of course, all the countryside people wore plainer clothes while the city people wore the more expensive outfits.
|Flora Poste and Elfine|
It was okay. It had it's cute moments and it's funny moments, but I found that it was only okay. It wasn't as hilarious as I thought it was going to be. I probably wouldn't watch it a second time, but I wouldn't say that it was horrible.
The movie itself is rated PG, but there are still some subjects brought up that may make some people uncomfortable (in fact, it might even border on PG-13). There is some suggestive language and some mild language. There's nothing graphic in this movie (it is rated PG after all); just a couple of scenes here and there that may be uncomfortable.
Cold Comfort Farm is available on DVD. It is rated PG and is 95 minutes long.