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"She discovered a new branch of her family tree... the one with all the nuts."
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Cold Comfort Farm is a British comedy based on Stella Gibbons' book of the same name starring Kate Beckinsale, Joanna Lumley, Ian McKellen, Miriam Margolyes and Rufus Sewell. Set in rural Sussex of the 1920s Flora (Beckinsale) a sophisticated city girl, aspiring author and recent orphan finds herself at her nearest relatives' rundown and strange farm. Rather than be beaten by her downturn she has actually selected these unusual relatives and resolves to gather material for her writing while she stays with them and drag them into the 20th century whether they like it or not.

She quickly finds that every one of the Starkadders has their strengths and their stumbling blocks to be worked through. Her first cousin once removed feels that taking Flora on will atone for some never mentioned transgression, the first cousin's husband who is desperate to go on the road preaching, the Great Aunt can't get past that she 'saw something nasty in the woodshed,' and her cousin twice removed is rampant in the village but has definite star quality.

| 1996 | 1 min | 7.3/10 | 82/100
Eileen Atkins, Kate Beckinsale, Sheila Burrell, Stephen Fry
Universal Pictures
John Schlesinger
Produced By
Antony Root, Richard Broke

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