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Love in a Cold Climate

Season 1
Spanning a critical historical time from 1929 to 1940, three young women search for love. The young women leave behind their careless and innocent youth as they pursue love and happiness through places far beyond their expectations.
Alan BatesRosamund PikeElisabeth Dermot Walsh
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  1. 1. Episode 1
    February 10 2002
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    Linda falls swiftly and fatally in love with banker Tony Kroesig and Fanny renews her acquaintance with her old friend Polly Hampton.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    February 17 2002
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    Fanny settles into married life with good, dependable Alfred Wincham, Linda leaves her husband for Communist, Christian Talbot, and Polly devastates everybody with the annoucement of her own marriage.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    February 10 2001
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    Linda's world is turned upside down by a chance meeting with the debonair Fabrice and Polly realizes that the love of her life was at hand the whole time.

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L.R.N.Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Typical Great British Film
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I had the long mini series version from the early 80s with Judy Dench and her husband. Loved it. This was very good as well. Typical great British cast.
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Rudi FrankeReviewed in the United States on May 15, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
A "Keeper"
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This is another movie that I rented on Netflix and immediately after viewing it I knew I had to have my own copy. I enjoy this period in history and times that will never return. I started out feeling sorry for the very lovely Rosamund Pike who always gets treated as a second-class citizen but after all comes out a winner in the end. In fact, she is the major reason that I bought the DVD. All of the actors did a great job and there are many seasoned ones that helped make this film so good. If you have viewed enough films from England or by English authors, you will be delighted to see them once again. I can't recall her name right now but if you've ever seen "Anna Karenena", the lovely actress that played the trouble-making princess appears in this film as a mother of a problem child, not as pretty anymore but still plays a fantastic role. If you have any kind of a soul, you'll love this film!
7 people found this helpful
ColleenReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
A wonderful insight into the lives of a memorable family
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The characters in Love in a Cold Climate are so believable and even with their flaws very lovable. The acting is superior and the story line is so interesting you can't wait to see what happens next. The story follows the lives of several girls who are dear friends who go through the joys and tragedies of life. The venues are a country estate in England, London, Paris and Russia....a sweeping saga. I love watching it and every time I have more insight into the characters. Definitely a movie you will want to watch more than one time! Rosamund Pike and Elizabeth Dermot-Walsh are marvelous as well as all the supporting characters. A must see for those who enjoy period movies!
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TerriReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Upper class splendor!
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Well this little Masterpiece Theater gem is just "triffic!"
It does exactly what a period piece is supposed to do which is to transport you to another time and place. The scenery is just gorgeous, and the wardrobes are simply beautiful ("I love the 30's and the 40's.") The cast was perfect (except for the casting of "One" the actor was not aristocratic enough for the part. which is really too bad, because it is such a plummy role.) The script is very good even if some of the morays of these 1940's english aristocrats would not go over to well today. But, if you don't take it too seriously it's really just great fun, enjoy!
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Raven MadReviewed in the United States on March 13, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
humour and pathos
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A beautiful story about some young people in Britain and their idealism about love and life just before, during and after WWII... their naivete and innocence soon to be lost - an analogy for Britain itself?

I love the way the British have of building a good story around life in the war years - Frank Capra was an amateur in comparison. This story is full of humour but also pathos and warmth - the good with the bad - the sweet with the sour.

Some of the characters changed and adapted and came though it - others did not.
4 people found this helpful
P.StoddardReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful story.
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One of my all time favorite movies. I also have the books "In Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate" I really enjoy the movie and the books.
Ileana M. ForzanoReviewed in the United States on March 5, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic adaptation!
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Having read both of the novels that this mini series is based on (and loving both of them) I was afraid that this adaptation might disappoint me, but even though the pace is pretty fast (I'm not quite sure that someone who is not familiar with the books would be able to follow the many stories, the loads of characters and the various threads) I loved the way they conveyed the spirit of the books and enjoyed this mini-series a lot.

The casting was excellent, the period was perfectly represented and the stories were faithful to the books, so, having enjoyed the books immensely I consider this production a real treat.

The only drawbacks I can think of are the fast pace and the fact that a lot of the humor of the books didn't make it into the adaptation.
15 people found this helpful
The Jersey City HousewifeReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2007
2.0 out of 5 stars
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I picked up the book about two years ago and really enjoyed the world that Nancy Mitford created so when I saw that the BBC made a film I was excited because they are usually well written and acted. I was disappointed with this one however. I feel the writing failed to capture the light hearted essence of the novel and took itself way too seriously. And from there, it's dreariness pulled the cast down with it. It's a romance at the end of the day and there was nothing romantic about the cinematography or costumes or settings and it's set in the Cotswolds! I find that area to be full of atmosphere none of which is captured on film. Celia Imrie (an excellent actress usually) made some terrible choices playing Aunt Sadie as continuously on the brink of a crying jag. The three lead actresses do well with their parts but overall are miscast. Rosamund Pike is just too beautiful to play Fanny (even with mousy brown hair) and would have been much better suited to the golden-haired, strong-willed Polly. That would have been something to see. I wouldn't waste my money - spend the time re-reading the book instead.
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