Written July 22, 2013
The story line is Amour with a happy ending. But the acting and cinematography make this a must-see. Cromwell and Bujold have created magical performances that are flawless in their portrayal of the highs and lows of a long-term marriage, living in a challenging environment and having to deal with a Kafka-esque bureaucracy. The visual aspect of the movie stays in your mind - the passage of time is handled well. The pace is appropriately slow, a welcome relief from the usual warp speed of plot development popular today. Cromwell has played many interesting characters over the years but he knocked it out of the park with this one.
Written August 07, 2013
A moving, superbly-acted film based on a true story, chronicling a long-term loving marriage and the couple's passage into old age and its infirmities of mind and body. Also the passage of hands-on craftsmanship and integrity, into "more efficient" and rigid modern ways, complete with unfeeling bureaucracies.
Written July 21, 2013
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this movie: A tiny bit slow but beautifully acted and incredibly realistic!
Written September 01, 2013
Don't miss it is a wonderful movie.
Written April 15, 2013
Viewed at the Cleveland International Film Festival. One of the best screenplays and cast-wide performances in a long time. Cromwell's ruggedly independent character begins bordering on cliché but is worked to near-perfection by the actor. Bujold's slow, irregular decent into Alzheimers is masterful. The secondary roles of the grown children and fellow farmers are an unexpected triumph of casting. Don't expect to be tricked or fooled; yet the actors make it impossible for you to be bored or jaded. You buy in... and hard.