Monday Night Film Series presents THE GRAND SEDUCTION Sept. 8-FR

Event Date(s):
September 08, 2014
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM

Event Details:

The Monday Night Film Series returns Monday, September 8 with THE GRAND SEDUCTION screening at 7:30 p.m. in Tilley 102, UNB.

A favourite among Film Circuit audiences, Jean-François Pouliot’s 2003 La grande séduction was a box-office smash in Quebec and wowed critics at that year’s Cannes Film Festival. Now, a decade later, the classic Canadian tale returns to the screen as an English-language remake directed by the brilliant Don McKellar (Childstar, Last Night) and adapted by Michael Dowse (The F Word, It’s All Gone Pete Tong) and Ken Scott (Starbuck), who wrote the original.

Substituting the quaint charm of a fishing village in rural Quebec with the rugged beauty of a tiny coastal community in Newfoundland, The Grand Seduction charts the lengths to which the community will go to enchant a visitor from the city. Like many affected by the collapse of the fishing industry, residents of this once-thriving village are driven to seek employment in the city or, worse, queue for government assistance. The future looks brighter, briefly, when a plastics company proposes building a factory in the village—until the villagers learn that they need to secure a full-time doctor to serve the community’s needs, which is easier said than done.

Enter Dr. Christopher Lewis (Taylor Kitsch, television’s Friday Night Lights, The Bang Bang Club), a young, cosmopolitan plastic surgeon banished to the physician-starved seaside due to a previous misdeed. In a hilarious attempt to charm him—without revealing their plan—the villagers take up the doctor’s beloved cricket and fall over themselves trying to persuade him that he has come to the most fascinating, desirable place in the world.

Gentle, whimsical and poignantly funny, The Grand Seduction is brought to life through tremendous performances from Ireland’s Brendan Gleeson (Albert Nobbs, Gangs of New York) and Newfoundland-born Canadian icon Gordon Pinsent (Away From Her, Saint Ralph). Shot on location in Trinity Bay, the film marvelously captures the colour and vibrancy of Newfoundland’s coastal landscape, and is certain to delight even the saltiest cynic.

A charming crowd-pleaser and a rare remake that exceeds the original. —Peter Howell, The Toronto Star

This year, 24 limited release, independent foreign & Canadian films will be shown. Admission is $7/film, but a yearly $18 student film society membership reduces admission cost to $4/film. The series is open to all. Memberships are available at Tilley 102 every Monday night.

For further info, contact NB Film Co-op 455-1632

The NB Film Co-op in partnership with the UNB Faculty of Arts and the Toronto Film Festival presents the series.

Building: Tilley

Room Number: 102


Tony Merzetti
1 506 455-1632