7.5/10
4,566
40 user 48 critic

La grande séduction (2003)

Unrated | | Comedy | 26 March 2004 (Italy)
A much-needed boost, in the form of a new factory, is promised to the residents of the tiny fishing village St. Marie-La-Mauderne, provided they can lure a doctor to take up full-time residency on the island. Inspired, the villagers devise a scheme to make Dr. Christopher Lewis a local.

Writer:

On Disc

at Amazon

15 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Québec-Montréal: 250 km of asphalt, nine thirty-something travelers, four cars, one destination. The journey becomes an opportunity to share points of view about life and discuss troubling ... See full summary »

Director: Ricardo Trogi
Stars: Patrice Robitaille, Jean-Phillipe Pearson, Stéphane Breton
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Quebecois Elvis impersonator is disillusioned to find a Chinaman participating in an Elvis contest. He later takes his wife on vacation to the island of Santa Banana.

Directors: Pierre Falardeau, Julien Poulin
Stars: Julien Poulin, Denise Mercier, Marie-Claude Dufour
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

They are father and son. They are both cops. And they are about to work together as a team. Trouble is... neither can stand the sight of the other. Jacques and Marc have been paired up in ... See full summary »

Director: Émile Gaudreault
Stars: Michel Côté, Louis-José Houde, Rémy Girard
Gaz Bar Blues (2003)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

This is the story of Mr. Brochu, whose friends like to call "the Boss". He runs his gas station the best he can and tries to stay happy no matter what happens. This movie relates all the ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Bélanger
Stars: Serge Thériault, Gilles Renaud, Sébastien Delorme
Les Boys (1997)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Ever wanted to know what guys say when they get together? This light- hearted comedy explores the male world through an amateur hockey team. Every male stereotype is analyzed, comically of ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Saia
Stars: Marc Messier, Rémy Girard, Patrick Huard
Les Boys III (2001)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Three years have passed since the tournament in France and the team formed the Boys always seem great team. When a rich businessman comes in, everything changed.

Director: Louis Saia
Stars: Marc Messier, Rémy Girard, Patrick Huard
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A story about Quebec's most famous hockey player, Maurice "The Rocket" Richard, focusing on the struggles of a French Canadian in the National Hockey League dominated by Anglophones.

Director: Charles Binamé
Stars: Roy Dupuis, Stephen McHattie, Julie LeBreton
La petite vie (1993–1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Based on the comedy of Ding & Dong, the sitcom is an extreme satire of the typical Québec family. A couple that can't seem to get along after decades of marriage are always confronted by ... See full summary »

Stars: Claude Meunier, Serge Thériault, Marc Messier
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young woman is forced to marry an old greedy man to save her father from bankruptcy although she has promised her heart to another man.

Director: Charles Binamé
Stars: Pierre Lebeau, Karine Vanasse, Roy Dupuis
Les Boys II (1998)
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Stan and his team are back. This time, they will meet in Chamonix to compete in an international hockey championship.

Director: Louis Saia
Stars: Marc Messier, Rémy Girard, Patrick Huard
Cruising Bar (1989)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In this outrageous comedy (where the lead characters are played by the same actor), four men from very different backgrounds set out to go "babe-hunting" on a Saturday night. Follow a very ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Ménard
Stars: Michel Côté, Louise Marleau, Geneviève Rioux
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two brothers (Legault, Lemay-Thivierge) discuss the positive and negative aspects of adultery as their mother lies beside them in a coma, while their brother Rémi (Doucet) attempts to ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Huard
Stars: Claude Legault, Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Paul Doucet
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Bouchard ...
Dominik Michon-Dagenais ...
Guy-Daniel Tremblay ...
Rolland Lesage
Nadia Drouin ...
Simone Lesage
Rita Lafontaine ...
Roc LaFortune ...
Charles Campeau
Réal Bossé ...
Denis Lacoste
Guy Vaillancourt ...
Claude Larivée
...
Pierre Collin ...
...
Richard Auger
Jean-Pierre Gonthier ...
Réal Fournier
Benoît Brière ...
Marc Legault ...
Marcel Sigouin
Caroline Girard ...
Edit

Storyline

Ste-Marie-La-Mauderne is a small, depressed coastal village in Québec, where even fishing as an industry has died. Almost everyone is on welfare, including Germain Lesage. An option for most townsfolk is to move to the city, something that Germain refuses to do, even though his wife, Hélène, wants to at least consider it, just because her brother could provide her with a job. The Mayor, Réal Fournier, would sell out the townsfolk in his attempts to lure industry to the town, still with no takers. Part of their catch-22 situation in luring industry there is that there is no doctor, a condition made by one company owned by M. Dupré that would potentially locate his new plastic container factory there. As such, Germain and a few of his friends, Henri Giroux and Yvon Brunet, decide to reach out to every doctor in Québec to see if he/she can be enticed to move there. Due to a little police strong-arming, they get one nibble in the form of thirty-three year old Montréal plastic surgeon, Dr.... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 March 2004 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

La gran seducción  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$835,270 (France) (30 April 2004)

Gross:

$489,338 (USA) (1 April 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Cricket match that everyone watches in the restaurant is a prerecorded test match between England and South Africa from the five match test series of South African tour of England in 1998. The part shown is of the third day (4th July, 1998) of the 3rd test match being played at Old Trafford, Manchester on 2-6 July, 1998 where Makhaya Ntini of South Africa can be seen bowling to Mark Ramprakash of England. See more »

Goofs

There are two scenes at the Giroux dinner table where Henri asks if Lucie has an announcement. The scenes are supposedly days apart, yet each member of the family is wearing the same outfit and they are eating the same meal in each scene. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Grand Seduction (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Witty, French Movie Gem
17 January 2004 | by (utah) – See all my reviews

Listening to the movie's director, Jean-François Pouliot, talk about himself, La Grande seduction (or "Seducing Doctor Lewis" as it is being titled at the Sundance Film Festival) is his first full-length featured film with his past credits according him are 30-second commercials. Based on the nearly sold-out house at the Perry Egyptian Theater in Ogden, Utah his movie was easily a hit. The English subtitles seemed to fade away part way through the movie, always a good sign and the laughter and chuckles for the witty comedic vehicle were plenty. Deliberately the director and scriptwriter agreed on very little sex and romance and instead this film delivered its message in the most difficult of ways - using true irony and sensitive ethical reflection. The cursing, even was held to a minimum, as the predominate cursing word used in the film were actually made up by the film crew. This "Doc Hollywood" feeling movie adds a much more geniune flavor of true isolated, fishing community out of work nuances that "Doc Hollywood" failed to capture and went more towards the typical Hollywood approach. Seducing Doctor Lewis bring a whole different texture to comedy with charming, intelligent openness and candor often overlooked in American theater. Except for the miscue in the creation of cricket game field lines as admitted by the director, and in my opinion a sudden turn of events at the end (without the more delicious build up with Eve and the Doctor), this movie shines to find an American film distributor so that Americans can have an opportunity to see this fun and delightful, entertaining bit of country charm. Eight out of ten stars.


23 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?