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Seducing Doctor Lewis (La grande séduction) (2004)

Seducing Doctor Lewis (La grande séduction) (2004)

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Critic Consensus: A quirky and occasionally funny TV-sitcom blown up to feature length.

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St. Marie-La-Mauderne is a tiny fishing village in what some may call the middle of nowhere. For eight years the locals have stood in line for weekly welfare checks, wearing patched sweaters and glum expressions, and remembering the good old days when the catch was good, the fishermen were proud, and life seemed a lot more magical. Then one day, a chance at salvation: a small company wants to build a factory on the island, but only if a full-time doctor lives in St. Marie. The situation seems hopeless until a young doctor in Montreal has an unfortunate incident with a traffic cop and finds himself on a boat to the faraway village. But how to convince handsome, young, urbane Dr. Lewis to stay in this dreary little spot on the map? As it turns out, the answer lies in just a bit of seductive subterfuge--along with a tapped phone, a hastily assembled cricket team, and something called Festival de Beef Stroganoff.

Cast

Raymond Bouchard
as Germain Lesage
Guy-Daniel Tremblay
as Rolland Lesage
Nadia Drouin
as Simone Lesage
Bruno Blanchet
as Steve Laurin
Rita Lafontaine
as Hélène Lesage
Pierre Collin
as Yvon Brunet
Lucie Laurier
as Ève Beauchemin
Roc LaFortune
as Charles Campeau
Clemence DesRochers
as Clothilde Brunet
Réal Bossé
as Denis Lacoste
Guy Vaillancourt
as Claude Larivée
David Boutin
as Dr Christopher Lewis
Donald Pilon
as Monsieur Dupré
Nathalie Gascon
as Madame Martin
Ken Scott (V)
as Richard Auger
Benoit Brière
as Henri Giroux
Jean-Pierre Gonthier
as Mayor Réal Fournier
Marc Legault
as Marcel Sigouin
Caroline Bouchard
as Lucie Giroux
Betty Jones
as Marlène Giroux
Denis Houle
as Bartender
Nadia Rowsell
as Valérie Fournier
Alexandrine Agostini
as Francine Fournier
Gilles Pelletier
as Alphonse Pinsonneault
Frédéric Desager
as Dr Paul Gosselin
Raphaël Grenier
as Jacob Auger
Daniel Rousse
as Marcel Thibodeau
Caroline Neron
as Voice of Brigitte
Serge Christiaenssens
as Monsieur Nadeau
Manon Gauthier
as Mireille Laurin
Véronique Pinette
as Chloé Landry
Gisèle Trépanier
as Denise Campeau
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Critic Reviews for Seducing Doctor Lewis (La grande séduction)

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (22)

The best thing about Seducing Dr. Lewis is that, like the villagers, director Pouliot and writer Ken Scott seem to grow the story, and our affection for these characters, organically.

December 10, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

It's great to escape to these fantasy burgs, especially if they're as quaint and colorfully peopled as Ste. Marie-La Mauderne.

December 3, 2004 | Rating: 4/5
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Heart-warming fun it is, and heck, after getting to know its quirky people, it might not be that bad moving to Ste. Marie-la- Mauderne.

October 1, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Miami Herald
Top Critic

You'll enjoy spending a little time with these people, as the film performs a low-key but irresistible seduction of its own.

August 20, 2004 | Rating: 3/4
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Seducing Dr. Lewis has its warm moments, but it suffers from fuzzy thinking, and that's no way to seduce anyone.

August 6, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Sails by on charm and confident character acting, even if it's navigating well-charted waters.

August 5, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Seducing Doctor Lewis (La grande séduction)

Charming Québecois film that I thank the Toronto Public Library for stocking. (Note to all non-Torontonians: our current mayor is trying to privatize our library system, or if not that, then cut out its heart. I'm not sure that I would ever discover under-marketed Canadian films without our library system, which would be a shame because they only rarely disappoint.) So, about this movie itself: a very small, remote community is trying to land a factory, but the owners won't move there without there being a doctor in town. When the mayor packs up and leaves under cover of night, a local man attempts to convince the townspeople to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and show the newly arrived Dr. Lewis - exiled there as community service for a misdemeanour - the beauty and charm of small-town life. The ending is a little tidy for me, but overall it's a pleasure to watch. A movie you won't be sorry to have seen, if you can manage to track it down - check your local library first!

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Obviously a classic among 'québécois' films. And I obviously liked it because my dad plays a damn great part in it... Hehe...

Laurence Collin
Laurence Collin

Super Reviewer

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