Review: Still Mine
An elderly couple living in rural New Brunswick battle their age, ability, and their own town as they try and build a house where they look to spend the remainder of their lives.
Who’s in It?
James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold play the loving, warm, married couple. They have an instant connection the moment they on screen, and their bond is strong and palpable throughout.
There is something especially tender and warm about Still Mine. Small and intimate, Cromwell and Bujold give compelling performances playing an elderly married couple coping with the effects of not only old age, but of changing economic climates.
Craig Morrison is capable and stubborn, accustomed to a way of working and a way of living. In his day, you didn’t need a permit to build a small house on your own property. In his day, his small farm could thrive and he and his wife could carry on with a happy existence.
The times they are a-changing. Craig and his wife Irene aren’t as eager. They resist the aid of their children and insist they have the physically strength to do as they’ve always done. They still have the heart, however, and the passion, as shown in one especially endearing and humanizing moment where the two see each other to bed.
Torontonian writer and director Michael McGowan is deft, pacing a tempered and interesting portrait of the ways in which we are forced to grow and change. Craig remains stubborn, determined to build a house despite a court order and the wise consul of his friends and family. Cromwell delivers a superb, earnest performance and driving this simple and endearing film.
Should You See It?
A lovely and genuine film, it’s a quiet Canadian alternative to the explosions and spectacles of big box office summer.
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