There's something about finding that special place tucked away from society, where no one and nothing can find you. It's the mystery and magic of that feeling that fuels the warm-hearted comedy Seducing Dr. Lewis. St. Marie La Mauderne is an infitesimal fishing village in the middle of nowhere. Accustomed to a relaxed, mellow lifestyle, the locals are used to waiting in line for weekly welfare checks and reminiscing about the halcyon days when life was different and not quite so glum.
Then the island receives a shot in the arm - a small company will build a factory on the island, but only if a full-time medical professional lives in St. Marie La Mauderne. The ragtag community fears they'll lose the factory until a young Montreal physician, Dr. Lewis (David Boutin) finds himself on the island. The whole village soon works to convince this cosmopolitan doctor that their little piece of island is the greatest place to live in all of Canada - even going so far as to stage "Festival de Beef Stroganoff" (the doctor's favorite dish) and proclaim their love for cricket.
The cast is excellent, Allen Smith's cinematography is gorgeous (as are the locations) and Seducing Dr. Lewis leaves you with warm fuzzies long after it fades.
Seducing Dr. Lewis is presented in a clean 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that does lush justice to the sumptuous location cinematography of Allen Smith - there's faint grain at times and occasional softness, but overall, it's a lovely image.
Offered in its native French Dolby Digital 5.1, the film also has Dolby 2.0 stereo onboard as well as English and French subtitles. Largely a dialogue-driven effort with nicely placed ambient sounds and score, Seducing Dr. Lewis sounds just about as good as it looks.
There isn't much in the way of supplemental material on Seducing Dr. Lewis - just a handful of non-anamorphic widescreen trailers for Red Lights, Strayed, Sexual Dependency, Goodbye Dragon Inn, Father & Son and Grande Ecole. The theatrical trailer advertised on the packaging was nowhere to be found.
A great little indie flick that charms as it surprises, Seducing Dr. Lewis is an easy recommendation for a Saturday night rental or even perhaps a purchase for fans of light dramatic comedies.