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'The Grand Seduction' as unmemorable as the original version

'The Grand Seduction' as unmemorable as the original version

An English-language remake of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival audience award winner "Seducing Dr. Lewis," "The Grand Seduction" transports that modern fable from Quebec to Newfoundland and Labrador. Aside from the change of vernacular and scenery, the new film retells the story virtually verbatim. This is good and bad, considering how unmemorable the original was. To lure a petrochemical byproduct repurposing facility to an impecunious former fishing village, its welfare-collecting inhabitants must muster a resident doctor and a hefty bribe. Caught possessing cocaine, plastic surgeon Paul Lewis (Taylor Kitsch, here channeling Sam Rockwell) finds his only recourse is...

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