I just finished watching an awesome DVD from the library. "Still Mine" is a love story based on actual events. James and Irene Cromwell live on what is left of the family farm in a rambling two story house on 2000 acres. Irene has Alzheimer's and they are determined they will stay together as long as possible. James decides to build them a smaller one story house. He has experience from his ancestors who were shipbuilders, a select piece of ground with a breathtaking view, and all the raw materials and tools necessary. The only drawback to the project is the bureaucrats.
James begins the build only to be told by the county inspector that he has to stop work until his plans have been approved. James says the plans are in his head. He does however have his grandson draw up the necessary plans and pay the $400 to the county, after being told it can be bulldozed. The inspector and James continue to have problems. James's attorney tries to smooth the way by having the materials inspected (county wouldn't approve because they hadn't come from a supplier and weren't stamped; rather they were from James's land). The attorney has a renowned builder visit the site and write a detailed report regarding James's materials and expertise. Apparently this infuriates the whole of the county inspector's office and the war begins in earnest as Irene's condition begins to deteriorate and results in her falling down the stairs. Their children agree and disagree, especially when James puts a port-a-pot on the front porch so Irene doesn't have to use the steps. Neighbors try to assist and one gets a newspaper involved. I won't give away the ending except to say watch it and see for yourselves. The wonderful acting from James Cromwell (Babe) and Genevieve Bujold (Anne of a Thousand Days) brings this heart-warming story to life.
Recommended by Linda Krauss