Seducing Dr. Lewis
makes a pleasant addition to the quirky subgenre of what might be called "village comedies"--movies in which the oddball residents of a small village must work together to perpetrate some mild scam or bit of mischief (examples abound, from Waking Ned Devine
to Saving Grace
to Local Hero
). The isolated Canadian community of St.-Marie-La-Mauderne desperately needs a new industry, but the factory they're trying to win requires a resident doctor. When a young doctor from Montreal (David Boutin) gets blackmailed into spending a month in the village, the prickly inhabitants go overboard to woo him--they learn to cook Beef Stroganoff, form a cricket team, and tap his phone. It's all a bit preposterous, but that's part of the charm; this kind of movie thrives on being just a tiny bit over the top. The daffy doings keep one foot on the ground thanks to a combination of skilled character actors (like Raymond Bouchard, who plays the town's struggling mayor) and mysterious girls (like Lucie Laurier, the beautiful postmistress). Fans of The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
will find much to enjoy here. --Bret Fetzer
Jean-Francois Pouliot's Sundance Film Festival award-winning film is the beguiling story of a ragtag fishing community on a tiny, impoverished island who must persuade a young Montreal-based doctor to live in their town in order to get a much needed factory. And thus the seduction of the young Doctor Lewis (David Boutin) begins, as the entire village works to convince a big-city, cosmopolitan doctor that this isolated village is the ideal place to live. From pretending to love cricket to preparing a "Festival de Beef Stroganoff, (his favorite dish)" the villagers will do anything they can to keep Dr. Lewis. However, as Dr. Lewis begins to fall under their spell, will they end up going too far?