Cold Comfort Farm is one of my favorite movies of all time because it shows how simply and naturally people can escape the grip of a totalitarian tyrant — in this case, Aunt Ada Doom, of Starkadder Farm. The short version: connect people with their dreams and their ability to achieve them.
I’ll be developing this theme. But in the meantime, here is a clip that starts at the end of the turning point scene where the first character to free himself announces he’s leaving. It includes the ever-delightful Eileen Atkins chewing the scenery when the second character to free himself leaves and the wonderful line, “I’d take her, too, but she’s gloomy!”
Do watch the entire movie again and again until you understand the mechanics of how enslaved, dominated and manipulated people become able to free themselves.