Embracing the Nostalgia: Movies Set in the Cottagecore Era of Victorian and Edwardian Times

Embracing the Nostalgia: Movies Set in the Cottagecore Era of Victorian and Edwardian Times

The enchanting world of cottagecore aesthetic has captivated many with its nostalgic charm and reverence for simpler times. To immerse yourself in the idyllic settings of Victorian and Edwardian eras, there are several delightful movies that embody the essence of cottagecore.

From Jane Austen adaptations to other period dramas, these films transport viewers to a whimsical world of romance, nature, and timeless elegance. In this article, we present a list of movies set in the cottagecore era, inviting you to indulge in the beauty and tranquility of a bygone era.

Persuasion (1995):

This is one of the older versions of Persuasion and my opinion seems to match the crowd in that the cast and the costumes encapsulated the times better.

Based on Jane Austen’s last and possibly best novel, Persuasion invites viewers into the world of Anne Elliot, who almost lost the love of her life years ago when she was persuaded by a family friend that it was not a good idea to marry a naval captain without any wealth.

The story is set against the backdrop of early 19th-century England with its picturesque rainy landscapes and of course the regency fashion - sometimes elegant, sometimes muddy.

The costumes in the movie are not too meticulously done, as they wouldn’t be in rural England back then. The hairstyles likewise don’t look too polished, it’s quite easy to see through the surface level pomp of most of the aristocracy.

Pride and Prejudice (2005):

No cottagecore movie list would be complete without mentioning the beloved adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and particularly this adaptation. The 2005 version - the one with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen - is a lot more polished than any of the 90s adaptations of Jane Austen.

But it’s pretty much universally loved, and for good reasons. Transporting audiences to the English countryside, this film showcases the beauty of sprawling estates, romantic encounters, and the allure of love. The captivating settings of Georgian-era England provide a perfect backdrop for an enchanting cottagecore experience.

Emma (2020):

A much newer Jane Austen adaptation that exudes the essence of the cottagecore era is Emma. Audience did not like this version very much but critics loved it - so there you go if you like a bit of controversy.

Set in the early 19th century once again, this film immerses viewers in a world of matchmaking, charming countryside estates, and intricate social dynamics. The visuals, makeup and costumes are very polished and not at all rustic. But if you want to enjoy some regency era outfits, this adaptation captures the beauty and elegance that also epitomize the cottagecore aesthetic.

Little Women (2019):

Although set in the Civil War era, Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women embodies the spirit of cottagecore with its nostalgic charm and emphasis on family bonds. The film transports viewers to a time when simplicity, creativity, and nature were cherished, showcasing the joys and triumphs of the March sisters against a picturesque backdrop.

Cranford (2007-2010):

A charming British television series set in the mid-19th century, Cranford offers a glimpse into the lives of the townsfolk in a fictional English village. With its quaint cottages, bucolic landscapes, and delightful ensemble cast, this series captures the essence of cottagecore, immersing viewers in a world of small-town charm, idyllic gardens, and heartwarming stories.

Far from the Madding Crowd (2015):

Set in Victorian England, Far from the Madding Crowd is a captivating adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel. This film transports viewers to the serene countryside where Bathsheba Everdene navigates love and independence. With its lush landscapes, period costumes, and compelling romance, the movie captures the essence of cottagecore, depicting the beauty of rural life and the enduring power of nature.

Master and Commander: The far side of the world (2003):

While Master and Commander, as an adventure drama, does not fit directly into the cottagecore aesthetic, it is set during the early 19th century. The aesthetic and themes of cottagecore typically evoke the simplicity and nostalgia of rural life, focusing on domesticity, nature, and a sense of escapism.

Master and Commander is a historical adventure film depicting the naval warfare during Napoleonic Wars that provided the peace and money for the cozy domestic life back in England.

While it may not be quite a typical choice for a cottagecore list, it is so far the only movie based on Patrick O’Brian’s famous Aubrey-Maturin series and I would say a must see for anyone who is interested in the time period associated with cottagecore.

To wrap it up, movies set in the cottagecore era of Victorian and Edwardian times offer a delightful escape into a world of whimsy, romance, and timeless beauty. From Jane Austen adaptations like “Persuasion” and “Pride and Prejudice” to captivating period dramas such as “Emma,” “Little Women,” “Cranford,” and “North and South,” these films transport viewers to an enchanting era where nature, simplicity, and love reign supreme. So, sit back, immerse yourself in the picturesque settings, and allow these cinematic delights to transport you to the idyllic world of cottagecore.