We weren't the only ones who were drawn to a warm movie theatre this weekend. Brrr. The theatres were busy and well attended.
Spend less money on the actors by casting lesser knowns who might reasonably resemble the characters of the time. Trust me. If you were a poor farmer in the 1940's in Manitoba, you didn't have easy access to the finest dentists money can buy, nor would designer shirts be available. Chances are, the residents wouldn't be on the whole, entirely gorgeous with well proportioned bodies and perfectly styled hair. Hagar, the lead, played by Ellen Burstyn (see here) was the exception. She was much as I imagined Hagar to be.
Also, if you're going to use fake snow, please don't use cotton batten. The cemetery scene was embarrassing.
Try to make it a bit realistic.
Fugitive Pieces was also a terrific book and again, the movie disappointed. It was two hours of long deep meaningful scenes where nothing happened. It probably shouldn't have been made into a movie in the first place.
One very good thing about both movies. They were both under two hours.