Day 3 of the Sarasota Film Festival – Sunday, April 7th, 2013
Today I had the good fortune to see a marvelous film down from Canada. Now this film entitled Still Mine is not just some indie looking for exposure and making the rounds of film festivals. No sir. This film is already a big time film. It already has a deal and will be our theaters in June.
James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold are the leads and they portray an elderly couple who own 2000 acres of farm land in St. Martin, New Brunswick, Canada. Cromwell’s character is Craig Morrison. He’s an 87-year-old farmer who still has plenty of go-power. Bujold as Irene Morrison, is still sharp but to be honest, she has good days and bad days. You see, she’s dealing with the encroaching and debilitating disease of dementia.
They’ve been married for 61 years, and have raised 7 children. Their home is not in the best of shape, it’s far closer to ramshackle than saleable, and dealing with the New Brunswick winters is difficult. Beyond that, they now need a single story home because of Irene’s disease.
Only they haven’t enough money to hire a builder and a construction crew and the requisite sub-contractors.. They already have the land, so Craig decides to build the house himself. He refuses any and all help from his children.
His fierce independence is matched only by his stubbornness, and that is matched by his devotion to his wife. Make no mistake, this idea, to put up the house himself, is not the least bit foolhardy or ill-conceived. Not only does he have the tools, and the equipment, he also has the know how.