Still Mine Reviews
June 9, 2014
Or the First Fifteen Minutes of Up...
A movie about growing old and the struggle to hold on to your humanity. Director Michael McGowan is able to craft a story that feels real and the characters seem to grow organically. Nothing seems to happen simply because the story needs it to, but because the characters are reacting to situations in a realistic manner. All of these characters seem to be completely fleshed out and have real motivations for why they behave the way they do.
This is partially from McGowan's excellent direction and patience, but also due to fantastic performances from Cromwell and Bujold. These veteran actors know how to subtly portray a character's emotions and motivations. Instead of having loud screaming matches, although there are one or two, most of the time McGowan allows Cromwell and Bujold space to portray their characters in quiet spaces.
There's breathing room in this film, and it pays off in huge dividends by the end of the film. You are rooting for these characters, and that's how McGowan is able to talk about things that are bigger than just housing codes. The film is about how aging feels like you're losing control of everything in your life. It's a beautiful metaphor, and one that draws the audience in. We care about the house and we feel the injustice Craig is facing, but we don't realize we are being put in Craig's shoes as he's facing a bigger injustice, the loss of his wife's mind.
As we watch Craig lose control over his future, his wife is losing control of herself, and he feels like he's losing her. It's tragic, but it also is hopeful. None of us want to be in Craig or Irene's situation, but if we find ourselves there, we want to handle it like they are. With dignity and grace, even if that dignity and grace is found fighting to survive. They will never give up on one another, and we want the same for us and our own spouses.
It's a beautiful film.
June 7, 2014
An exceptional movie about aging with grit, gumption, and grace. Confronts issues of caregiving family members with dementia. I recommend it strongly for older adults, their children, and especially for those who are caregivers for dementia patients. Hospice Chaplain, George Durham,
June 6, 2014
'Age is an abstraction, not a straitjacket.'
June 4, 2014
Altogether perfect film.
June 2, 2014
The film garnered seven nominations at the 1st Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Cromwell), Best Actress (Bujold), Best Original Screenplay (McGowan), Best Cinematography (Brendan Steacy), Best Editing (Roderick Deogrades) and Best Original Score (Hugh Marsh, Don Rooke and Michelle Willis). Cromwell won the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
May 29, 2014
James Cromwell is great as ever and so his wife played by Genevieve Bujold. The story is nice and fresh and it is a nice movie to check out.
May 28, 2014
This Canadian film is both a "man standing up against authority" story and a fairly tender love story between an aging couple. It pulls of both plots admirably, largely due to the combined talents of James Cromwell and Genvieve Bujold. It's TV movie material, but done extremely well.
May 26, 2014
This is a beautiful film, the best Canadian movie I've seen in a long time, it's just an excellent film. It's got a simple, yet nice story and fantastic performances. The film is leisurely, but paints rich characters, I wish there was more movies like this. Seek it out!
May 17, 2014
Slow paced. Sad. Realistic. Depressing to know that I won't have someone to build a house for me.
May 25, 2014
Great script, acting and movie... you cannot go wrong.
July 10, 2013
A remarkable film that will touch your heart in every way.
May 21, 2014
an unfort. life thing where memory plays a major part
June 7, 2013
People who will fight back - Justice will prevail.
May 20, 2014
Esta Pelicula Dignifica! James Te encanta con su Ternura...muy hermosa..
May 5, 2014
prica nelosa. ocajno rezirano. izuzetno dosadno...
May 18, 2014
The first lead role for James Cromwell and he really nailed it... really powerful performance....
May 9, 2014
Strong, Moving; well acted
May 5, 2014
Let me warn you, this is a tear-jerker, but it's a good movie featuring a good story that's well-acted. This is Jim Cromwell's first real starring role, and he makes the most of it. Miss Bujold, is as usual, excellent in her role. Before you correct me, James Cromwell's role in "Babe," is considered a supporting role to the pig. This movie you only want to see once, so I say rent don't buy. Not for children, they'd find it boring.
May 4, 2014
Awesome and heartwarming Canadian movie shot in New Brunswick about real people.