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New Waterford Girl (1999)

 |  Comedy  |  21 January 2000 (USA)
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A gifted teenager, dreaming of life beyond her small town, becomes inspired when a 15-year-old girl from New York moves in next door.

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It's sometime in the 1970's. Fifteen year old loner Agnes Marie Pottie - nicknamed Mooney - dreams of escaping life in New Waterford, a coastal Nova Scotia town on Cape Breton Island. She has quiet contempt for most of the people around her - including her large family - who don't share her sensibilities. They, who are ruled by Catholic mores, in turn think she's unconventional and weird. She thinks she's realized her dream when, with the help of her teacher Cecil Sweeney, who himself has escaped to New Waterford to find himself (at which he has been unsuccessful so far), she has been awarded a scholarship to attend an art school in New York. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when her parents don't allow her to go. She devises a plan to get out of New Waterford, one that goes against her loner status. In the meantime, a bit of New York comes to New Waterford in the form of Lou Benzoa, who, with her dance instructor mother, has temporarily moved next door to the Pottie's to escape life... Written by Huggo

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$44,302 (USA) (7 July 2000)

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$774,469 (USA) (29 September 2000)
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Trivia

When writer Tricia Fish moved to New Waterford at age 13 with her family, her six-year-old brother ran into their kitchen one day all bloody, and happily said, "I made a friend!" She incorporated this into the movie, in an identical scene with the character of Darcy, Lou's little brother. See more »

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In the first classroom scene the map of Canada on the wall has Nunavut listed, a Territory created in 1999. See more »

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[first lines]
Moonie Pottie: I wasn't really born here, you know. When I was a tiny infant, my real mother, a famous opera singer, dropped me from a silver jet as she passed over what she saw as a beautiful tropical coastline. God's country.
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Song for the Mira
Words and Music by Allister MacGillivray
Published by Cabot Trail Music c/o Morning Music Limited
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Truly beautiful, tragic and surprisingly funny
6 March 2001 | by (Halifax, NS, Canada) – See all my reviews

I had no expectations when going to this movie. All i had was experience with the area around New Waterford....If this movie is an apt portrayal of teenage angst in the early '70's i wouldn't be able to tell you considering i was only born in '77. As a movie full of wit, conflict and disarmingly funny dialogue...that I will surely comment on. New Waterford Girl takes you on a hilarious journey through a small community on the furthest reaches of Canada's eastern coastline. But that is not what makes it special this community could be any of the small coastal towns that dot Cape Breton. What makes New Waterford special is the combined, mining town meets fishing village. Almost everybody who was able bodied in New Waterford was either a miner or a fisherman,and have large extended families of miners and fishermen, and that is all anybody aspired to be....they are mired in mediocrity, and when a dreamer comes along they don't know how to handle them. That's not to say they are a crass base people, but tradition is held more dear than religion, quite a feat in the heart of a Roman Catholic dogmatic machine.

Mooney Pottie is a dreamer in a world of skeptics....they either pat her on the head to placate or avoid her like the plague. But she is having none of it....with the help of a teacher she is accepted to a school in New York. But alas the parental units are "having none of it".

Next door a native of the heralded New York arrives for a forced "vacation" Lou...the type of girl you don't want to try and argue with....she is the catalyst and torchbearer of Mooney's bid to free her self of her fog soaked prison. Disarmingly beautiful, with a good (but oft times mean) streak that will make you take notice when ever she enters a scene.

The plot then meanders through the "hot" spots of the community as Lou shows Mooney the finer things in life....like boys and alcohol. The boys give Mooney an idea.....and then the movie takes off at a frantic but comical pace.....pure genius

Check this movie out...if you don't understand something ask a Bretoner (or Caper, was never quite sure about that) they'll gladly fill you in....and BTW since the '70's they're everywhere..


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