The Grand Seduction
Where and with whom did you see the movie?
I saw the movie at the Kahala Theatres July 18 with my friend Winnie Markowitz.
Overall, what did you think?
This was a thoroughly enjoyable movie: a Canadian production set in a small fishing village on the coast of Newfoundland, which has fallen on hard times. Fishing is no longer possible because of stock depletion, and the villagers are left with only welfare checks instead of work. If you would like to see a movie that does not depend on violent action, gratuitous sex or special effects, this is it. It will take you to a different world, and charm and amuse you with simply the strength of a well-written script.
Without giving away the ending, what was one of your favorite scenes?
The first doctor’s scene in his “office” is a real hoot, but there were so many fun and creative scenes with the villagers, it would give away the plot if I said more. Suffice to say, that the very appreciative audience laughed loud and long throughout the whole movie.
On a scale of one to four stars, what would you rate this film?
What did you think of the cinematography?
The cinematography is artistic, creative and colorful, and brings to life this small fishing hamlet and the characters who make their homes there. The green hills, quaint village buildings and homes take you away from the concrete and glass of our cities, and the people themselves are filmed with great care, so each one is a portrait of a different kind of life.
Was the message/theme clear?
The message of this film is a look into a life gone by and the indomitable will of ordinary people who will do whatever is necessary to make lives for themselves, against all odds, even down to lying and cheating, with good-natured zest.
Did it remind you of any other works of film?
This movie, although Canadian, at times looked and sounded as though it was set in Ireland and reminded me of a similar-themed British movie from 1995 titled The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain starring Hugh Grant. Just as cute and just as enjoyable, where in both, as things fall apart, it’s up to the crazy shenanigans of the wonderful townsfolk to get it all back on track.
To whom would you recommend this movie?
The audience of this showing of The Grand Seduction was mostly made up of older-generation folks, but the younger generation would enjoy it just as well. How do I know? Because the friend I brought with me is an 18-year-old UH student, who loved it. I would recommend anyone who needs a break from comic book heroes to watch some real heroes in this movie who will totally entertain you for one hour and 55 minutes. So, you young folks looking for something different, give it a shot.
Did you identify with any of the characters?
Although it’s hard to identify with these folks from our American perspective, you can feel their situations, some of which we have indeed experienced, if not in such a setting. They are a real bunch of characters and we develop much empathy for them and the lengths they have to go to achieve their goals.
Did the soundtrack contribute significantly to the film?
The soundtrack is fresh and spirited, really contributing to the beautiful greenery and ocean settings. It isn’t loud and overbearing as are many soundtracks currently. With its Irish lilt, it adds to the atmosphere and does not detract.
On a different note, what’s new with you?
Currently I’m awaiting my next movie, TV show or commercial, and in the meantime I’m teaching acting workshops for adults and children. The next adult class will be held Aug. 17 and the next children’s class will be held Sept. 14. For more information, call 947-5736.