Nominated for seven Canadian Screen Awards, Still Mine is an affecting and sensitive film about the bond between a man and his wife as they enter the twilight of their lives. Director Michael McGowan (Score: A Hockey Musical, One Week) delivers another deeply Canadian story, this time from the windswept farmland of rural New Brunswick.
As Irene Morrison, tenderly portrayed by Geneviève Bujold (Dead Ringers, Coma), begins to lose her memory, she and her husband Craig (Academy Award nominee James Cromwell; The Green Mile, Babe) face difficulties in maintaining their large and drafty old farmhouse. Craig decides that he will build a more manageable home for their retirement, a labour of love prompted as much by his wife’s health as it is by his own sense of mortality and his profound need to prove that he’s still capable of providing for his family.
In a clash of traditional values and modern legislation, Craig soon finds himself battling against the local authorities over fine print in the building bylaws. Technicalities force him to fight for the right to complete his new home while trying to care for his ailing wife.
Cromwell, who won a Canadian Screen Award for this role, has never been more powerful or sincere than in his portrayal of Craig, a man of integrity and gentle determination; in Irene, Bujold creates an endearing woman who is both fragile and steadfastly willful. Driven by these deep performances, the story unfolds slowly and methodically as the camera sweeps from graceful landscapes to intimate interiors. The aesthetic is understated and beautiful, much like everything else about this moving film, quietly taking in small details, from the faded ghosts of picture frames on the walls, to the nuances of a fifty-year love affair.
"[…] 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." - Peter Howell, The Toronto Star
"Still Mine is Mr. Cromwell's film from first scene to closing credits...he is always present, alive and real, with a wealth of understated feelings. This is the greatest performance of his rich career." - Rex Reed, New York Observer
Director: Michael McGowan
Cast:: James Cromwell, Geneviève Bujold and Campbell Scott
Distributor: Mongrel Media
Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR
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