[12][13] It was also selected as the opening film of the Atlantic Film Festival and the Calgary International Film Festival. It is based on a 2003 French-Canadian film, La Grande Séduction. [5] He and Frappier planned the remake to be 80 per cent the same as the original. The Grand Seduction hopes to show rural N.L. When Dr. Lewis (Taylor Kitsch) passes through the community, the story follows the town’s attempt to convince him to stay. It is based on a 2003 French-Canadian film, La Grande Séduction. The Grand Seduction was released on Blu-ray on 16 September 2014 and DVD on 7 October 2014. With a cast including local stars like Mark Critch and Gordon Pinsent, Gleeson said there was always an authenticity ensured in the acting. This time around, the film shifted east from a rural Quebec town to the tight-knit coastal community in Newfoundland. Several years later, the men of Tickle Head (including Murray) line up at the town's post office to receive welfare cheques from post office clerk, Kathleen, and cash them with bank branch manager, Henry Tilley.

The Grand Seduction, filmed in the Trinity area, is making its Newfoundland and Labrador premiere Monday night at Cineplex Theatres in the Avalon Mall. [18] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 57/100, indicating mixed or average reviews, based on 20 critical reviews. Later, Murray observes the mayor surreptitiously leaving town with his family for a job in St. John's, as well. The film ends with a satisfied ending similar to Murray's opening flashback.

All rights reserved. "That was my hope, that I'd be able to capture something of the beauty and the spirit, and it works so I'm pretty happy.". Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

Director Don McKellar said the film has already been shown in cities in the U.S. and Canada, as well as other places across the globe, and has been well-received everywhere. Joe's Place was, in short order, built from scratch in Newfoundland’s fishing community Trinity Bright, where much of the film was shot. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. Slone elaborated on working at the intersection of both film industries. Emblematic of the relationship between Canadian and U.S. filmmakers, once production left town, the producers left Joe’s Place standing, giving it to the public to thank them for their hospitality. It begins with young boy, Murray French, narrating the story about his father, a fishermen in the small community of Tickle Head, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Grand Seduction, filmed in the Trinity area, is making its Newfoundland and Labrador premiere Monday night at Cineplex Theatres in the Avalon Mall. By the end of its run, The Grand Seduction grossed $3,878,262[2], Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, "Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch Find 'The Grand Seduction, "Canadian Screen Awards: Orphan Black, Less Than Kind, Enemy nominated", "Quebec film La Grande Seduction gets triple remake", "Ken Scott to direct English remake of the 2003 Quebec film hit La grande seduction", "Major film remake to be shot in Trinity Bight", "Producer Roger Frappier "flabbergasted" that Ken Scott has dropped out of The Grand Seduction", "Don McKellar to direct The Grand Seduction", "Gleeson, Kitsch to star in The Grand Seduction; shooting starts today", "Trinity Bay seduces Hollywood stars for film remake", "Toronto film festival 2013: the full line-up", "The Grand Seduction to open Atlantic film fest", "The Grand Seduction a decidedly Canadian way to open the Calgary International Film Festival", "Toronto International Film Festival: 7 more movies you should know about", "The Grand Seduction Reviews - Metacritic", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Grand_Seduction&oldid=987448406, All Wikipedia articles written in Canadian English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Don McKellar, Guy Lalande, François Sénécal, Lynn Andrews, This page was last edited on 7 November 2020, at 03:09.

Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Directed by Don McKellar and featuring Kitsch, a Canadian himself, and the fantastic Brendan Gleeson, The Grand Seduction showcases Canadian talent and culture. As part of the ruse, he convinces the townspeople to pretend to play cricket, the doctor's favourite sport, and also he taps the doctor's phone to learn more ways to entice him to stay. McKellar said there was a similar dynamic present in the 2003 Quebec version of the film that was easy to translate to this province.

[5] Taylor Kitsch's and Brendan Gleeson's participation was confirmed in July 2012. Motion Picture Association, Inc. After an impassioned speech by Murray, Dr. Lewis agrees to stay. "There was a lot of really serious addressing of that cultural question and trying not to be outsiders, looking for local colour … we wanted to kind of keep that straight, and there was a struggle with that at all points without getting too grim, to make sure that we stayed true to what it was about," said Gleeson. Overall critical reception to the film has been mixed. [9] The film was also shot in Red Cliffe, Bonavista Bay and in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Grand Seduction highlights the growing trend of remaking Canadian films in English that were originally shot in French. Henry reconsiders the loan against bank instructions knowing that he will be fired. The Grand Seduction is a 2013 Canadian comedy film directed by Don McKellar and written by Ken Scott and Michael Dowse. The Credits is an online magazine that tells the story behind the story to celebrate our large and diverse creative community. In St. John's, Dr. Paul Lewis, a plastic surgeon, is flying home when a security agent finds cocaine in his luggage. [19], In its opening weekend, the film grossed $323,743 in 94 theaters in the United States, ranking #17 at the box office. “When you live next to the U.S. you have a constant influx of U.S. culture, so I think, like most Canadians, I grew up consuming Hollywood culture.

The Grand Seduction is based on the 2003 film Seducing Doctor Lewis (original French title La grande séduction).

However, no doctor lives in Tickle Cove. Keep up with The Credits for the latest in film, television and more. "It has its own identity, and that's what I thought it really needed was a grounding in an identity, so it made sense to me.

After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Grand Seduction looks forward to opening in theaters everywhere in North America on May 30th. "That's kind of my other hope that if we really rooted it in Newfoundland and got that down then it would translate, you know that old theory that the specific is the universal, and it plays really, really well," said McKellar. struggle, Actors Brendan Gleeson and Mark Critch talk about The Grand Seduction premiering last night in St. John's, CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. And he has no problem living on both those sides of the border. Senator Dodd continued to underscore that the high quality of life and the outstanding quality of the crews filming in Canada were very attractive to production. McKellar told CBC's On The Go host Ted Blades he hopes the local crowd is equally charmed with his attempt to accurately portray rural Newfoundland lifestyle. Shortly after it came out at Sundance Film Festival, an English-speaking version of the film was recommended. [8], In 2011, there had been talks to have Robin Williams in the film but scheduling conflicts got in the way. [1] Set in the fictional harbour of Tickle Head, principal photography started on 30 July 2012 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Grand Seduction is set to open to the public May 30.

The Grand Seduction is a 2013 Canadian comedy film directed by Don McKellar and written by Ken Scott and Michael Dowse. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. For his work on the second film, Villeneuve won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Director. Murray resolves that a factory what the towns needs, and a resident doctor is the solution to his troubles. To stay up to date with the Motion Picture Association, please sign up for our newsletter. In exchange for overlooking his possession of cocaine, Dr. Lewis agrees to live in Tickle Head for one month. Gleeson and McKellar, both CFAs (Come From Aways), said there was concern they would be unable to stay true to a Newfoundland and Labrador identity during the filming process, but had help from homegrown talent. [16] In her overview of the films shown at TIFF, Monika Bartyzel of The Week wrote: "The Grand Seduction is a super-sweet community tale sparked by the inclusion of McKellar's wry humor. [11], The film was premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

It was almost a no-brainer to want to retell this story in English.”. The executive demands a bribe of $100,000 before the plant will be awarded to Tickle Head, as well as, expressing concern about the population in Tickle Head is too small for a factory. The petrochemical company executive visits the town and tells Murray, who posing as the mayor, the rival town of St. Anne has made a more attractive offer, including a bribe. Later, the factory has opened, bringing dignity back to the town again.

[14][15], Upon the screening at TIFF, The Hollywood Reporter's John DeFore described the film as a "charming, wholly commercial little comedy" that is "formulaic but pleasing", and praised Gleeson's performance. Mark Slone, one of the film’s executive producers and the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions at Entertainment One, said of remaking the film, “It’s such a beautiful fish out of water story. How Space Force Production Designer Susie Mancini Channeled Stanley Kubrick. Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal have long been beloved filming locations for Canadian and American productions. "Everywhere, we got nothing but reinforcement and validation from people. But when he accepts the position in front of the whole town, in a speech praising their authenticity and integrity, Murray shamefully lies and tells him that another doctor has already accepted the position.
The Grand Seduction is about a small fishing town called Tickle Cove hoping to secure a factory contract to avoid economic collapse, but the factory requires that the town have a residential doctor. During preproduction of the Canadian film The Grand Seduction, the crew realized a major set piece had yet to be built— Joe’s Place, a local bar and restaurant that was vital to the film.Joe's Place was, in short order, built from scratch in Newfoundland’s fishing community Trinity Bright, where much of the film …

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 59% based on reviews from 69 critics. [4] Initially, Michael Dowse was to direct the film but he dropped out due to "artistic differences" with producer Roger Frappier. A movie filmed in rural Newfoundland depicting the struggle for a tiny community trying to simply maintain has charmed viewers across the globe, and the film's director, along with one of the stars, say they hope the finished film stays true to the rural dynamic. Henry denies the loan. On the one hand, it highlights Canada, on the other hand, it has universal appeal. To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Comments are welcome while open. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges.

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