Still Mine

Still Mine

Jusqu'au Bout

DVD - 2013
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"An elderly couple fight against local authorities in rural New Brunswick to build their final home"--www.imdb.com.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Distributed in Canada by Mongrel Media, [2013]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Winner of Best Actor, 2013 (James Cromwell)


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3304hl
Sep 30, 2017

We watched this about a year ago, & enjoyed its simplicity.
I rarely watch movies more than once, but this one kept calling me back for a second time and so it was that we watched it again this week.
I still find the acting of the two main characters superb and the story of an enduring love meeting life's challenges both realistic and believable. There is a certain clunkiness in some of the other protagonists here that oddly enough adds to the sense of real life battles.
Every now & then, a Canadian film maker will throw up a gem, and this one is very, very good indeed -

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wmtlady
Jan 20, 2017

I second everything Reiyos said. I also appreciated the writers including realistic detail of how the health and decreasing abilities affect the everyday life of older people, and yet the protagonist was not complaining, just pushing forward with everything he had and could do.
This was based on an actual man's real fight for independence and justice that all can relate to--regardless of race or religion.

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reiyos
Jan 20, 2017

I shared in the older gentleman's struggle to deal w bureaucracy and was touched with his quest to cater to his wife's needs. I personally find rules & bureaucracy maddening when it is upheld simply because "it's how we do it", cookie cutter everything and everyone. So I normally would avoid watching movies about bureaucracy getting in the way on the screen, as life day to day, has more than enough frustrating exposure to that. Yet, it was dealt with very well and instead of being mad, I was intrigued with the strength of the characters.

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Nursebob
Dec 25, 2016

Writer/director Michael McGowan is in no hurry as he allows this beautifully unembellished drama to unfold like a bittersweet love poem, his two leads sparking such onscreen chemistry as they head into their twilight years that at times it seems more of a documentary—it is in fact based on a true story. Cromwell and Bujold bring the octogenarian couple to life with a delicate yet abiding intimacy which goes from tears of anger to knowing smiles and moments of passion (oh yes, there is sex) while Julie Stewart and Rick Roberts play two of their children with a touching mix of long established exasperation and deep concern. And finally, a simple background score of poignant strings provides the perfect compliment to Brendan Steacy’s cinematography, his rolling hills and quiet seashore as enduring as the film’s aging protagonists. Perhaps the building inspector’s role was a bit two-dimensional in its bureaucratic zeal, and the closing ballad by Mumford & Sons leaned on the emotions a bit too hard (although I would disagree) but considering how much disdain I usually hold for English-Canadian cinema—pandering, derivative plots and terrible acting—it lifts my heart whenever I see one of our own get it right for a change. Bravo!

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Dove1313
Jul 22, 2016

A wonderful movie about what marriage and love really mean.

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U1536000012277
Jun 06, 2016

I watched it 3 times, to enjoy all the details. Beautiful true story. There is so much "Nature" in this film, farm country, forest life, building.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

A simple, yet poignant tale about Alzheimer's and government regulations. At times sad and other times funny, this film doesn't try too hard to become bogged down by maudlin sentiments, but it does try some. The pacing and structure were, I believe, meant to add some drama to the piece, but I felt it only distracted from the part of the movie I cared about, which was the relationship between our leads.

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latm
Apr 20, 2016

A beautiful true story of perseverance and love. Exquisitely acted. It shows the reality of caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease. I think they did a great job of exploring the difficult family dynamics that happen when well meaning adult children want to interfere in their aging parents lives. They also expose the unnecessary expense of and the ridiculousness of government employees enforcing bureaucratic regulations that govern the building of homes.

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tenet
Aug 19, 2015

Rated 4/10.

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firefly5
May 06, 2015

Wonderful movie. Recommended! I would watch this movie a second time.

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