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In 1947 Whitbourne, Newfoundland, Alan Hepditch, a by-the-books but squeamish and somewhat dimwitted criminologist (whose specialty is fingerprinting) and candidate for ranger, is constantly being tormented by his fellow ranger candidates and his sergeant, Bill O'Mara. This torment makes him hate his training. Before Hepditch can quit, O'Mara, as a sort of punishment, assigns him to his first posting at Swyer's Harbour, where five sheep mutilations have taken place over the past year. When he arrives in Swyer's Harbour, Hepditch has a more serious crime to investigate, that of the murder of a local, mentally slow woman named Tryphenia Maud Pottle, better known to the locals as Young Triffie, whose dead body was found on the beach. When O'Mara finds out about the murder, he decides to send Rangers Jenkins and Guzzwell to Swyer's Harbour to replace Hepditch. Hepditch has thirty-six hours before his replacements' arrival, during which time he sets out to prove himself and prove O'Mara ... Written by
Part of the movie takes place in Whitbourne, Newfoundland. Whenever they showed Whitbourne, with the name under it, it was a typical Newfoundland out-port community, complete with wharf and a view of the ocean. However, Whitbourne is known as Newfoundland's first inland community. The only body of water around Whitbourne is a small pond. See more »
I had the pleasure of first seeing Young Triffie at the 2006 Vancouver International Film Festival... and then again on the Film Channel via satellite .
Set in Swyer's Harbour, Newfoundland in 1948, this comic tale is based on the play, Young Triffie's Been Made Away With by Ray Guy, who co-wrote the film's screenplay. The story begins when Andrew Hepditch, played by Fred Ewanuick, a young, officious, by-the-book Newfoundland Ranger, is dispatched by his Commanding Officer out to the isolated outport to investigate a common sheep-shagging/mutilation. Hepditch also finds himself face and eyes into the death of a young girl and way over his head in the mysterious workings of outport village life in Newfoundland. Mary Walsh (who also produced & directed) is brilliant as Millie Bishop, the post mistress, telephone operator, and the nosy village gossip. From beginning to end, the laughter never lets up in this comic murder mystery. The script is clever... listen carefully; there are some good bits throughout.
My only regret about this film is that it didn't seem to released to the theatres as was planned in the Spring of 2007. Good Canadian fare that should have a wider audience. I hope it will be released on DVD with plenty of extras. I will put it in my collection in a heartbeat.
At the film festival, the theatre was packed full. Everyone, as far as I could tell, liked it very much. On that basis, I find some of the reviews here, quite disappointing. One man's meat is another man's poison, I guess.
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