Just as veteran stuntman Richard Farnsworth broke out of supporting roles late in life to achieve leading-man status in The Grey Fox and The Straight Story, the multifaceted James Cromwell sheds his past as second banana to a CGI piglet (Babe) and a bevy of A-list actors for a starring role in this elegiac Canadian drama based on true events. He plays an octogenarian New Brunswick farmer who runs afoul of local housing authorities when he begins constructing a modest new home for his increasingly fragile wife (Genevieve Bujold). Writer-director Michael McGowan (Saint Ralph) shows affinity for the subtle undercurrents of a long, happy marriage, but the friction between Cromwell and the government bureaucracy stays one-note.