Picture this: Will Marshall is 76 years old, retired, and a bit cantankerous. The guests at the Villa Floral retirement home in picturesque Victoria, British Columbia, may have it good – rooms with a view, private baths, lush property, even a bowling green – but some “inmates” (as Will calls himself and fellow guests) are getting restless. “A Day in a Life” tells the story of five seniors who decide to turn one ordinary day into something special.
The endearing comedy/drama stars Richard Bull, who is best known for his recurring role as Mr. Oleson on the hit TV series “Little House on the Prairie.” Watching the actor is like taking a trip back in time – he looks just the same as he did back in Walnut Grove (only older)! The movie is especially meaningful as we watch Richard Bull play opposite his off-screen wife, Barbara Collentine. The pair, both 89 years old, have now been married for 65 years.
Producer and director Jean Mercier, a well-known Canadian poet, adds a note for discussion about the film:
“My body might be getting older, but my mind is not. I am still a full participant in this society, and I can make the world a better place with all I know, with every single day and moment that I am so gracefully granted. So, I will reach out and stay a part of my friends, family, and community’s life, even if I have to do it against all odds, and will love it in every way as much as possible.”
The trailer and full-length film are now available for viewing on Vimeo:
What do you think of the movie’s message?