There’s an old saying that there’s no such thing as bad publicity. But I think when it comes to some movie characterizations of Atl. Canada, I think that logic breaks down.
Consider the highly popular The Shipping News a lovely little tale of incest, poverty and misery in Newfoundland.
Or consider this.
It’s not exactly The Shipping News, but here are a few comments from the review of this movie about life in the Miramichi:
Black Eyed Dog,” a “Fargo”-style drama about residents of a remote Canadian town terrorized by a serial killer on the run, could find an appreciative audience beyond the art house circuit with its dark humor and mood of coiled anger.
Set in the remote Miramichi region of New Brunswick, one of Canada’s Maritime provinces, director Pierre Gang’s study of stifling rural society recently made its world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland.
Miramichi – remote? From Switzerland, I guess but not many people I know would call it remote.
The fun continues:
…These include Betty’s violent ex-lover, Wayne (David Boutin), who refuses to accept his rejection, and his younger brother David (Brendan Fletcher), who is desperate to leave town but can’t work up enough nerve to go.
Gang and cinematographer Daniel Vincelette capture the claustrophobia of the small town and the mirage of opportunity beyond its borders. Boutin makes Wayne’s anger convincing, while Fletcher is sympathetic as his younger brother. Hyndman implies mystery and danger as the stranger, and Fred Ewanuick does well in the difficult role of a decent cop.
Salomaa carries the film persuasively as a survivor who tones down her beauty, coarsens her speech and toughens her attitude to deal with her bleak existence. As the possibility of salvation emerges from the harrowing situation she finds herself in, the choices she makes become entirely believable.
I guess the makers of this movie forgot to read their copy of The Prosperity Plan, huh?