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Away from Her (2006)

Cast: Julie Christie, Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, more...
Director: Sarah Polley, Sarah Polley
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Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Drama, Romance, Weepies, Canada
Running Time: 109 min.
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Filmmaker Atom Egoyan -- a longtime onscreen collaborator with the gifted young actress Sarah Polley (The Sweet Hereafter) -- executive-produced Polley's directorial debut, Away from Her, starring Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy, and Wendy Crewson. Adapted by Polley from a short story by Alice Munro, this small-scaled two-character drama concerns Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona (Christie), a long-married couple, well into their golden years, who are much in love and connected to one another on every level. "Soul mates" in the purest sense of the term, the two feel a sense of ease and tranquility in their rural home. But when Fiona's memory begins to slip away and she insists on being taken to a rest home, the decision stirs up torrents of guilt and regret in Grant's heart. The rules of the center only complicate matters, as they forbid visitation and communication with Fiona for an interminable period of time. He determines to support his wife at all costs, even if must happen at the expense of his own peace of mind. ~ Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Outstanding Movie! by iluv2befit August 17, 2009 - 5:09 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This movie is outstanding. It really flows nicely and you almost don't want the movie to end. I love how they incorporate a little past with the present and future and unlike a lot of other movies- it doesn't get confusing at all. It actually works in this movie. It was extremely well done. Excellent direction, script, acting- I will say though this movie is not easy to watch- in so many ways, it's very sad. It really makes you think though and the lessons that come through the movie are important ones. Excellent.

Heartbreaking, wonderful, elegant and unsentimental by IBarnard February 17, 2009 - 2:25 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Kudos to Sarah Polley, for doing such a great job adapting a story by a great writer (Alice Munro), and for depicting this terrifying disease in such human, and starkly unsentimental terms. Julie Christie is amazing, her portrayal of Fiona is at turns subtle, fierce, scary, and touching. Gordon Pinsent is wonderful, and supporting cast including Olympia Dukakis are very fine as well. It's time we see more portrayals of older folks in love, that aren't overly sappy, and that show us what it's like to age with grace.

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(Average 7.36)
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