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St. Marie-La-Mauderne is a tiny fishing village in what some may call the middle of nowhere. For eight years the locals have stood in line for weekly welfare checks, wearing patched sweaters and glum expressions, and remembering the good old days when the catch was good, the fishermen were proud, and life seemed a lot more magical. Then one day, a chance at salvation: a small company wants to build a factory on the island, but only if a full-time doctor lives in St. Marie. The situation seems hopeless until a young doctor in Montreal has an unfortunate incident with a traffic cop and finds himself on a boat to the faraway village. But how to convince handsome, young, urbane Dr. Lewis to stay in this dreary little spot on the map? As it turns out, the answer lies in just a bit of seductive subterfuge--along with a tapped phone, a hastily assembled cricket team, and something called Festival de Beef Stroganoff. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
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Small town Quebec is captured beautifully, full of characters that are depressed over the death of the fishing industry, reluctant to leave the town for work in the city and willing to do anything to get an industry to open a plant and provide employment.
The shame of lining up and getting their welfare cheques every month is palpable.
Part of the requirements of opening a manufacturing plant in the village is that it have a doctor and a population of over 200, neither of which this village has. The efforts to secure the doctor and convince the manufacturers of a non-existent larger population is the crux of the humour. That and the cricket scenes. A wonderful effort, beautifully filmed.
8 out of 10.
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