92 minutes – Romantic Comedy
Release date: 1998
Canadian distributor: Behaviour Distribution
This British-Canadian co-production is set in the fading prairie town of Conquest, Saskatchewan (pop. 124), where we meet Pincer Bedier, who has moved back to the town of his birth to run the bank that the local farmers rely upon. He struggles to keep the town viable as most of the young people have moved away. One sunny day a young lady from the north of England (British actress Tara Fitzgerald) arrives in a bright red Alfa Romeo that promptly breaks down, forcing her to stay for repairs, which she can’t afford. Pincer sets out to seduce Daisy with the town as he imagines it. He recruits her to run the local hardware store in a trade for repairs to her sportscar. Her very presence begins to awaken the tired little town and, as if by magic, colours begin to return. The film is rarity in Canadian cinema – a love story told straight up with a charming touch of magic realism. It screened at the 1998 Montreal World Film Festival.
Also see: An interview with Rob Forsyth.