Based on true events and laced with wry humour, 'Still Mine' is a heartfelt love story about an 89-year-old New Brunswicker (James Cromwell) who comes up against the system when he sets out to build a more suitable house for his wife (Genevieve Bujold) whose memory is starting to go. Although Craig Morrison is using the same methods his father, a shipbuilder, taught him, times have changed. Craig quickly gets on the wrong side of an overzealous government inspector, who finds just about everything unacceptable, including the unstamped wood Craig has milled from his own trees. As Irene becomes increasingly ill - and amidst a series of stop-work orders - Craig races to finish the house. Hauled into court and facing jail, Craig takes a final stance.
They don't get much better than this
- Still Mine review by AS
Similar stories have been told before, but rarely as well as this. Often the end result is maudlin, even saccharine. This movie arrives at a perfect balance, engaging the viewers' sympathy without blatantly exploting their emotions. This is a fine example of sensitive direction. The acting from Cromwell and Bujold is close to perfection. And the plot of lone man against bureaucracy holds its tention to the end.