Marion Bridge was a film loaned us by a friend, and it is a small masterpiece. The plot "A woman returns home to help care for her dying mother and confronts dark secrets from her past" has Lifetime written all over it, but it uses economy of means and subtlety as a means to greatness. It's the sort of movie where every room has an 800 pound gorilla in it, but everything is hinted at, alluded to, rather than bawled out loud. The three principle actresses -- playing sisters -- are fantastic, wonderful to look at, and heretofore completely unknown to me.
And to top it off, it's set along the seacoast in Nova Scotia, and a young Ellen Page has a pivotal role in it. And she doesn't blurt a single Juno-esque post-post-ironic cuteness. She has one scene -- you'll know which one -- where she delivers two simple lines so perfectly that you know in 30 seconds that she's a great actress.
In addition to standing in for every American City in a lot of US films, I guess Canada has some great art all its own.