Gentle and deliberately paced, this '70s-era comedy-drama about a 15-year-old girl dying to get out of her tiny Nova Scotia hometown is the antithesis of flashy, trashy Hollywood coming-of-age pictures. Agnes Marie "Mooney" Pottie (Liane Balaban), the second
youngest of five children, hates New Waterford, a desolate, intensely Catholic mining town where there's not much to see and nothing for young people to do. Smart and creative, she's caught the eye of teacher Cecil Sweeny (Andrew McCarthy), who thinks she can get a scholarship to study somewhere
else — maybe even New York City. But Mooney's family want her to be a nurse, and the only reason teenage girls ever l...