Still Mine is an upcoming drama film directed by Michael McGowan and is based on a true story about a rural farmer, Craig Morrison (played by James Cromwell). The movie is about how James battles a government bureaucrat for his right to build a new house for his sick wife Irene (Geneviève Bujold) when their current home is no longer suitable for her health needs. Still Mine also stars Julie Stewart, Campbell Scott, Rick Roberts and Zachary Bennett. This film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Check out the movie review it generated at the film festival below:
“Still Mine: A Beautiful Story of Love
The true measure of love is not counted in lines of poetry or bouquets of roses, as wonderful as these things are.
It’s expressed in simple devotion, the determination to assist and remain with a loved one, no matter what.
This, I think, is the message of Still Mine , a small marvel of a film by Toronto writer/director Michael McGowan ( One Week , St. Ralph ) that quietly observes a love tested by infirmity and bureaucracy, becoming all the stronger for it.
Pairing James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold in memorable roles, it was called Still when it premiered at TIFF last fall, later being named by a TIFF panel as one of Canada’s Top 10 films of 2012. Cromwell won Best Actor at the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards in March; Bujold should have won similar honours.
Still Mine is essentially a two-hander, gorgeously filmed in New Brunswick (and also Northern Ontario), and steeped in a sense of time and place for a true story set in the Maritimes but universal in appeal.
Cromwell plays 89-year-old Craig Morrison, a real Maritimes farmer and carpenter, recently deceased. Morrison ran afoul of government scolds after he decided to build a new home on his majestic Bay of Fundy property to better suit his wife Irene (Bujold), who was suffering from Alzheimer disease.
When we first meet Craig and Irene, they’re still as fiercely independent as they’ve always been. Together they raised seven children by dint of hard work through cattle ranching, strawberry growing and whatever else was required to keep the home fires burning.
They’re still fit (neither of them wears glasses) and frisky (the bed still bounces). But time is taking its toll. Craig reluctantly determines that ranching is no longer profitable (he sells his herd) and strawberries are no longer possible (he can’t afford the refrigeration required by a new law).
He’s not one to brood, however, even when circumstances dramatically worsen: Irene is becoming alarmingly forgetful and clumsy, and her condition is accelerating downwards. She can no longer negotiate stairs.
Craig decides to build her a single-level home, looking out over the bay, to ease her life for as long as she has left. He sets to the task with the skill and zeal of the master carpenter he’s long been, schooled in the trade by his late father.
It’s full steam ahead until the arrival one day of a righteous building inspector (Jonathan Potts), who tells Craig he’s in violation of several laws regarding unapproved structures. The house faces demolition and Craig faces incarceration unless expensive and complicated red tape is attended to.
“Why would I need a permit?” Craig says, digging in his heels. “This is my home.”
The rest of the review can be read at The Star by clicking here.
Still Mine is scheduled to be released in limited cinemas on July 12th 2013.
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