Writer-director-actor Don MacIvor's comedy-inflected drama unfolds over the course of a single day on isolated Wilby Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia.
On the eve of the "Winderful Wilby" celebration (the banners all arrived with the words reversed), the quiet town is about to be rocked by the biggest scandal in years: The island paper is preparing to print the names of men implicated in homosexual activity at Wilby Watch, the last undeveloped piece of coast on the island. Could the "Watch Scandal" have anything to do with the fact that Mayor Brent Fisher (Maury Chayken) is pushing to let developers turn the patch of unspoiled wilderness into a golf course? It would be easier to get the okay to bulldoze a crime-ridden trouble spot than a patch of traquil natural beauty. Meanwhile, ambitious realtor Carol French (Sandra Oh) is trying to sell the home of Dan Jarvis (James Allodi), whose wife left him when he confessed that he was about to be implicated. Suicidally depressed, Dan repeatedly tries to kill himself, but his efforts are repeatedly interrupted by his neighbors. Carol's neglected husband, local cop Buddy (Paul Gross), is having an affair with Sandra Anderson (Rebecca Jenkins), an born islander who left under a cloud and recently returned with her rebellious teenage daughter Emily (Ellen Page) to open a failing cafe. Emily, who's best friends with the mayor's daughter, Mackenzie (Marcella Grimaux), is trapped between her surging hormones and her determination not to sleep around like her mom. Hunky handyman Walter "Duck" McDonald (Callum Keith Rennie) reaches out to Jarvis while Buddy's partner, Stan (MacIvor), who's in cahoots with Bryce, plants evidence up at the watch.
MacIvor's modest, character-driven slice-of-life picture features strong performances by its ensemble cast, including Sandra Oh of Grey's Anatomy and Ellen Page, whose early credits included the MacIvor-penned MARION BRIDGE (2002).
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- Released: 2004
- Rating: NR
- Review: Writer-director-actor Don MacIvor's comedy-inflected drama unfolds over the course of a single day on isolated Wilby Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia. On the eve of the "Winderful Wilby" celebration (the banners all arrived with the words reversed)… (more)