THE GRAND SEDUCTION | MOVIE REVIEW

It is that awesome time of the year when the POSSIBLE WORLDS FILM FESTIVAL returns to Australia from the 7th to the 17th August, this is one of my favourite film festivals of the year. POSSIBLE WORLDS is a US and Canadian Film Festival but they play art house films that you generally would not see at your local multiplex. These are the good ones not made for the main stream and I have discovered some of the most amazing films at this festival – this year it is on fire with even more amazing films. Last year it was playing at Dendy Opera Quays and I got to see BLACKBIRD, this became one of my favourite films of 2013. I am expecting even better films this year. POSSIBLE WORLDS is this time screening at Event George St in Sydney – please see their website for other state locations (ACT and WA). Our first festival review is from Kernel Andrew and he has reviewed THE GRAND SEDUCTION – a film starring Brendan Gleeson (superb) and Taylor Kitsch (pant). I do believe this will get a cinema release in Australia as Madman Films is linked as a distributor IMDB although no details for release at this point in time. You can buy tickets to THE GRAND SEDUCTION HERE, the film is currently unrated but based on Canadian ratings I would go with an M rating, it runs for 113mins. Enjoy Kernel Andrew’s review and grab some tickets to POSSIBLE WORLDS – you will see me and the Kernels at a few screenings, and a suggestion – this one your mother, father and grandparents will love. All the best……..JK.

 

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REVIEW BY ANDREW BRUSENTSEV

THE GRAND SEDUCTION tells the story of the residents of a small out-of-the-way fishing village in Newfoundland. They are pretty far away from the hustle and bustle of big city life and there is the problem so to speak…jobs. Since the fishing industry collapsed the entire village has been out of work. Most would be content to eke out an existence collecting welfare but not the townsfolk of this harbourside village. Rather than line up every month for welfare checks they decide to lure a petrochemical company to the area to set up business. This will not be the fishing life they all crave but it will bring those jobs and self-satisfaction. There is one catch though. In order for them to even get a look in they need a village doctor. How will they go about finding one especially one that will stay?

First it would be important to mention that this is a remake of an earlier French Canadian movie called SEDUCING DOCTOR LEWIS. Most would not have seen this (I will now go about finding it and checking it out). Most will stumble upon this movie, hear that Brendan Gleeson is in it and immediately get to watching. The formidable Brendan Gleeson plays the loud and village proud mayor Murray French. He will stop at nothing including lying, cheating and stealing to get a doctor to the town so that it’s life can be preserved.

 

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THE GRAND SEDUCTION | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MURRAY FRENCH (BRENDAN GLEESON)

 

Murray hears about a young American physician named Paul Lewis (Taylor Kitsch) who’s been waylaid on his way home to Los Angeles from a cricket tournament after airport security discovered cocaine in his luggage. Murray knows how to pull a few strings. The young Doctor Lewis’s sentence is commuted to community service in Trickle Cove. With the Doctor on his way the ruse begins.

Firstly the villages begin by pretending they’re all obsessed with cricket. There is a wonderful scene of the male villagers standing on a cliffs side playing cricket as Murray pulls in with Doctor Lewis in a boat. It really is quite hilarious. Especially as none of them really know the rules. In order to get to know the young doctor Murray institutes some surveillance of his telephone. Two women man the phones 24×7 eavesdropping to get clues as to what the young Doctor likes. From here they learn of his love of jazz and what food he likes. Miraculously the next day this appears in the village. It really is a lot of fun. He also learns that Paul had no father so Murray begins taking him out fishing for that “father son time”. It’s all in the bag but Murray thinks he needs a final hook to land this fish. He begins to work on Kathleen (Liane Balaban) the local postal worker. Urging her to flirt with Paul. The problem is it doesn’t seem that she is that interested. Or is she?

 

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THE GRAND SEDUCTION | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MURRAY FRENCH (BRENDAN GLEESON) AND DR. LEWIS (TAYLOR KITSCH)

 

The screenwriters Ken Scott and Michael Dowse really wring every last drop out of this fairly simple tale and the cast does well, especially Gleeson, who it seems is the anchor for much of the proceedings. Kitsch is passable as a hapless, sweet and entirely gullible young doctor but there is not much there really for him to work with. The stars really are Gleeson and the village folk. Watch out for Gordon Pinsent as Murray’s friend Simon who joins Murray in most of his shenanigans.

The movie is pretty paint by numbers and pretty contrived. It doesn’t really make that much sense either but it is sweet and charming and a great way to while away the time. In anyone’s hands this should probably only be an average movie but the real gem here is once again watching a master actor like Gleeson at work.

 

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