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SEDUCING DOCTOR LEWIS
aka LA GRANDE SeDUCTION
USA: Wellspring Media
UK: Dogwoof Pictures
Cast: Raymond Bouchard, David Boutin, Benoît Briere, Pierre Collin, Lucie Laurier, Bruno Blanchet, Rita Lafontaine, Clemence DesRochers, Donald Pilon Ken Scott, Marie-France Lambert, Real Bosse, Louis Philippe Dandenault, Frederic Desager, Nathalie Gascon Roc LaFortune, Marc Legault, Gilles Pelletier
Director: Jean-François Pouliot
Language: French (English subtitles)
USA: 108 mins
UK: 109 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains one scene of hard drug use
USA Release Date: 16 June 2004 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 14 April 2006
SEDUCING DOCTOR LEWIS is a beguiling story of a ragtag fishing community in the little harbour village of St-Marie-La-Mauderneon on a tiny, impoverished island who must persuade a young Montreal-based doctor Christopher Lewis (David Boutin) to live in their town in order to get a much-needed new factory.
Over a one-month trial period, the villagers try to satisfy his every need and convince him that their town offers all the charms of a thriving metropolis. Led by their mayor, Germain Lesage (Raymond Bouchard), the villagers rise to the challenge with good-hearted duplicity. However, as their deception continues, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain.
Just as Doctor Lewis begins to respond to the simple "authenticity" of the village, the question arises: how will he feel when he finds out it's based on lies?
The directorial debut of Jean-François Pouliot, SEDUCING DOCTOR LEWIS is a charming and funny tale, as well as a wry meditation on truth and falsehood.