Director: Don McKellarWriter(s): Michael Dowse, Ken Scott
Star(s): Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Gleeson, Gordon Pinsent, Liane Balaban
A funny and fresh English-language adaptation of the 2003 Quebecois comedy La grande séduction, this film tells the tale of a small fishing village on Canada’s East Coast that must secure a new doctor in order to keep the community alive.
When city doctor Paul Lewis (Kitsch) arrives for a court-ordered trial residence, the townsfolk rally to charm and hoodwink him into staying. Under the guidance of an unemployed fisherman (Gleeson) they go to hilarious lengths to fabricate all the amenities of the big city and make it seem as though their sleepy town has everything Dr. Lewis could possibly want. Will the good doc fall for their tricks, or will he see through them to the truth about small town life?
REEL CANADA is crucial. People have to be aware that there’s a Canadian language for film that they can speak and engage in. It’s exciting and it reflects their culture.
— Don McKellar, filmmaker
McKellar wrote Highway 61, The Red Violin and Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould and is a Genie-winning actor. He directed The Grand Seduction, and wrote and directed the HBO series Sensitive Skin. He is directing the upcoming Through Black Spruce, based on Joseph Boyden’s prize-winning novel.
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