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on 10 December 2007
Chaykin's disturbing portrayal of a controlling father with an inappropriate relationship with his daughter (Langrick), is well complimented by Langrick's portrayal of an overly innocent girl far removed from "normal" society. This dark tale slowly unfolds with increasing discomfort as Stephen (Gross), given by father to daughter as a birthday present, tries to leave their clutches with increasing desperation as he begins to realise he is not so much a guest, but more of a possession... Gross acts his part extremely well, disintegrating from a confident, perhaps slightly arrogant, young salesman, to a man desperate to escape.

The sound and picture quality of this film is not great, and the at times overpowering sound track sometimes makes it difficult to decipher what the characters say. However there is plenty of imagery and intelligent script writing for the more discerning viewer, but also a good watch just at face value. I definately recommend this film!
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on 3 November 2010
The characters have depth, the story is simple and seamless, and the result is a gripping tale about your Average Joe in incredibly bad circumstances. A travelling salesman with a slight preoccupation for money and packaging gets stuck in a snow drift and pulled out by a plainly disturbed man whose shabby tow truck can't pass inspection. Having been unconscious and mostly frozen, our travelling salesman is grateful to wake up in a warm cabin, even if he does consider it to be a dump. Lied to and manipulated, he ends up spending several days with the tow truck driver and his daughter, both of whom seem less normal and more frightening as the story progresses. The movie gives you everything you need to sort out each character, but it leaves some of the thinking to the audience. It's one worth watching again and again.
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on 1 April 2009
Considering this movie was released in 1989, "Cold Comfort" holds up pretty well. I'd give it 3 stars out of 5. Very strange psychological thriller, briefly involves a bear trap. I saw this movie described as "Fargo" like. I think it's more a cross between "Fargo" and "Deliverance", but then again, it did get nominated for 5 Genie Awards (Canadian Oscars) in 1990 and actually won in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay. I would suggest only buying this on DVD, because I've seen it on VHS too and the picture quality was not nearly as good. That's why I searched on for the DVD, and I received fast delivery to Pittsburgh, USA. If you're a Paul Gross or Maury Chaykin fan, you'll like it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2006
i bought this film because of paul gross didn't bexpect to find one of the best movies i've seen it will keep you watching from start to finish the charceters are prefectly cast the dad and paul gross and the daughter is perfect for the parts .buy it you won't be dissapionted.
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on 4 May 2013
The DVD is more convenient than the VHS tape. This is a campy Canadian movie with a cult following that will continue to be watched. It has a certain audacity that is rarely seen today.
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on 27 May 2010
Cold Comfort is an amazing movie .. Paul Gross is awsome as ever ..
totally happy i finally got this dvd over the moon very happy with all ..
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