“The Grand Seduction” is a remake of a 2003 French- Canadian film by Jean-Francois Pouliot.I was again seduced by the 2013 version with its Canadian shenanigans and its character actors: the former secondary math teacher, Brendan Gleeson; and the darlingly-dimpled model/actor, Taylor Kitsch.Both know how to charm an audience.
The storyline is anchored in a cocky, 29 year -old doctor’s learning how to “read people”. After the predictable broken engagement and the memorable scene of phoney fishing, our young doctor moves away from the “clueless” category. Funny and small -village -wise, this film carries you along in feel -good discovery and in the affirmation of real caring. The gramma- knitted- chenille bedspread cricket caps are hysterical, and give a new take on “the close-knitted” moniker of village life.The harbor scenery reminded me to book a ticket for a Nova Scotia ferry ride from Portland to Nova Scotia soon. You just want to be in a like-minded place.
Dialogue coach Heather Hill needs to be lauded for her contribution to all the mirrored seduction plots. Sparkling repartee and right -on dialects provide half the fun. While the middle dragged a bit, one enjoys being dragged.And the fumbling on the cricket field actually made me want to learn the rules of the game. Vignettes of telephone stenographers comically take you to another time when “social media” was just as important for staying in “the know”.
Cats are the animals of choice. Cultural collisions of Indian curry and jazz fusion further the laughs and insight. Corporate manipulation never looked more jaded,while the harbor community never looked sweeter or more savvy. Manipulation may be the motif of this film, but good-heartedness is the outcome. I say…charming,engaging,and slice-of-life silly should be part of everyone’s day! If you think “The Grand Seduction” is a rewarding divergence from mainstream fare let me hear your comments.