New Waterford Girl (1999)

(On VHS, November 2001) Anyone who grew up in a small town where they “didn’t quite belong” will empathize with the protagonist of this story, whose schemes to get to the big city become increasingly desperate. Don’t be put off by the low budget or what is initially one of the most depressing environment put to film: New Waterford Girl gets better as it goes along, and even ends on a triumphant note of sorts. Liane Balaban makes a sympathetic heroine, and the supporting cast works just as well. The script works well within the confines of the production constraints, with a few fun scenes that will stick with you. At last, a Canadian film that’s not too embarrassing!

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