Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
Original title: La Grande Seduction
Canada, 2003. Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Crédit d’Impôt Cinéma et Télévision, Fonds de télévision et de câblodistribution pour la porduction d’émissions canadiennes, Max Films Productions, Musique Plus, Radio Canada Télévision, Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles, Super Écran, The Movie Picture, Téléfilm Canada. Screenplay by Ken Scott. Cinematography by Allen Smith. Produced by Roger Frappier, Luc Vandal. Music by Jean-Marie Benoit. Production Design by Normand Sarazin. Costume Design by Louise Gagne. Film Editing by Dominique Fortin.
Delightful comedy about a tiny Quebec hamlet where residents live a peaceful but near-hopeless existence since the depression of the fishing industry has left them all living on welfare. A big company is considering opening a factory that will give the entire community employment, but won’t sign off on the contract unless the place has a resident doctor. Getting a big-city physician to come and live in such a low-key environment isn’t going to be easy, prompting the residents to turn their village upside down to convince a Montreal doctor to come and stay with them. The various tricks that are pulled in ‘seducing’ Dr. Lewis provide for a comedy that is both terrific screwball madness and sweetly sentimental drama. Witty, inventive and totally fresh, this is a welcome addition to the Waking Ned Devine genre that never lets you ponder its familiarity, and all the performances (especially Raymond Bouchard as the town’s haphazardly appointed mayor) are superb.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2003