Gorgeously shot story of Craig Morrison (a masterful James Cromwell), a New Brunswick old-timer who sets out to build a one-story house on his property for his wife Irene (Genevieve Bujold). She is beginning to suffer from dementia, and their two-story farmhouse is becoming too much for her. He knows his business and he loves his wife, but the local planning department wants more than assurances of expertise, and his daughter thinks maybe she knows what's best. Director Michael McGowan's gentle approach deals more with sorrow and frustration than despair and rage, and Morrison's self-reliance borders on the mythic, but there's great care in the showing and the telling, right up until the end. The sort of film that can inspire nostalgia for a world you never even knew. With Campbell Scott, Jonathan Potts. (2012) — Matthew Lickona
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