Any similarities to Northern Exposure
are undoubtedly coincidental, but the comparison is entirely apt. This Canadian fish-out-of-water tale, in which a cosmopolitan young doctor is seduced into taking a job in an eccentric small town is just as quirky and charming as the TV show, but minus its occasional smugness. Once a proud and productive fishing village, Sainte-Marie-La-Mauderne has fallen on hard times. The fish supply has dried up and for the past eight years the townsfolk have subsisted on government subsidy checks, chunks of which invariably wind up in the till of the local bar. Many residents have already moved away to the city, and even Mayor Real (...