The Grand Seduction was filmed in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland and is loaded with gorgeous shots of rocky cliffs and rugged coastlines and, of course, the endearing town of Tickle Head.
There is an adorable cast of likable characters who you can't help rooting for even if they do have to lie through their teeth to try and save the struggling town. The fictitious harbour of Tickle Head needs a doctor to land the contract for a petrochemical recycling plant. The townspeople may not know what the plant makes, but they do know it will make much-needed jobs.
The whole town bands together to seduce the doctor into staying in town - they make the town look more attractive by painting and repairing the buildings; they learn about cricket, the doctor's favourite sport; and they attempt to provide the doctor with a love interest.
The cast features some of the best Canadian actors such as Gordon Pinset and Taylor Kitsch along with the Irish actor Brendan Gleeson (remember "Mad-Eye" Moody from Harry Potter).
|Brendan Gleeson, Gordon Pinset, Taylor Kitsch in The Grand Seduction|
If all that heart-warming good humour wasn't enough to convince me to see The Grand Seduction, then knowing that it was directed by my cousin Don McKellar would definitely win me over. Two thumbs up Don - you did a great job!
|Don McKellar at the premiere of The Grand Seduction at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival|
Here's the trailer to whet your appetite for the movie and let you see a bit more gorgeous Newfoundland scenery. If you haven't already seen The Grand Seduction, I encourage you to go and watch it on the big screen - it will definitely put a smile on your face and possibly having you wanting to move to Tickle Head yourself.