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
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 »
On the DVD edition that has subtitles, the subtitles get some lyrics wrong in the opening credits song. When the singer sings the words "Draggin' the line", the subtitles read "Livin' a lie". It's especially a strange goof since "Draggin' the Line" is actually the name of the song. See more »
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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This is one of my absolute favourite movies. Perhaps I champion it as much as I do because I know that not many people have seen it, but go out and rent or buy this movie right now! It does have the feeling of Margaret's Museum... to a certain extent, but don't let that lead you astray, this movie is so much better. There's that maritime feeling and the way the camera moves is absolutely seductive. And then there's the soundtrack... although it consists entirely of maritime songs that I would never ordinarily listen to... they draw you in to the world of the movie... This movie, although I convince is great on its own, does draw on the "Canadian Factor", i.e. when you're canadian and you watch this movie, well, you laugh at more of the jokes, you see yourself or people you know... sitting around the tv watching Hockey Night in Canada, etc...
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