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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
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The obvious parallel, even before watching the movie, was /Waking Ned Devine (1998)/, which had this quirkiness and this notion of a small community where everyone gets involved. But /La grande illusion/ seems more playful, somewhat more magical, and, obviously, more Quebecker.
The film's Quebecness shows in several ways from the "baveuse" attitude of a Malena-looking Lucie Laurier, to the language used. Obviously, the film is meant to please those who like Quebec actors and comedians. For one thing, at least three of the people involved in the film (Benoît Brière, Bruno Blanchet, and writer/actor Ken Scott (V)) work together on /Le Plateau (2000)/ and Pouliot has been working with Brière on the well-known TV ads for Bell Canada. Still, this film clearly reaches much further than the Quebec audience.
Filmed in Harrington Harbour in the Lower North Coast region of Quebec (150km from the road), /La grande séduction/ appeals (seduces?) by the visual impact of the setting. Yet, that aspect is played fairly low in the register, leaving much to the creative plot and outstanding acting.
While there are a few touching moments, the movie avoided most of the pitfalls of sentimentality. The humour is intense (lots of laughter and lap-slapping in the audience) but subtle, playing on personalities instead of witty puns or physical humour. Even the most obvious jokes pan out with the collaboration of watchers. This movie makes one long for these enchanted places that only exist in good movies and on the minds of movie-goers.
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