Monday, January 07, 2008

Video Review: Seducing Dr. Lewis

No, it isn't porn. Winter is DVD time for us at the float cabin. Nights come early (4:30 p.m.) and last a long time (until 8:30 a.m.), so there's time to do things that summer doesn't encourage. Our friend Susan at Coles keeps us set with Canadian DVD titles. One of her picks was Seducing Dr. Lewis. It was a Sundance Film Festival winner produced by Jean-Francois Pouliot.

Seducing Dr. Lewis is a comedy that portrays life in the remote fishing village of St.-Marie-La-Mauderne. Fishing isn't good and the villagers are forced to subsist on the dole. With typical Canadian independence, they devise a way to attract a commercial venture to their island. But there's a catch. They have to attract a doctor to live in their small community.

A mass mailing lands in the hands of Dr. Lewis, a man with problems of his own. It's a marriage maybe not made in heaven. The villagers use their fishing skills to bait, hook and reel in Dr. Lewis as their prime catch. Each strategy they use is funnier than the last. One hilarious scene has the pub filled with townspeople gathered to watch a televised cricket match (Dr. Lewis's favourite "sport"). When Dr. Lewis goes to the head, they quickly switch to the hockey finals. A score brings the crowd to a roar - quickly the channel is changed back to cricket and a bewildered Dr. Lewis returns to a subdued pub. Just how far will they go to seduce the city doctor into staying in their "idealic" village? Get the DVD to find out, and be ready for lots of laughs. It's available at or

What are some of your favourite DVDs? It's time to head back to our cabin and it would be a good time to get a few titles to take with us. -- Margy

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