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Away From Her (2007)



Critic Consensus: An accomplished directorial debut by Sarah Polley, Away From Her is a touching exploration of the effects of Alzheimer's, in which the tender wisdom of Polley's script is beautifully complemented by a wonderful performance from Julie Christie.

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Married for almost 50 years, Grant and Fiona's commitment to each other appears unwavering, and their everyday life is full of tenderness and humor. This serenity is broken only by the occasional, carefully restrained reference to the past, giving a sense that this marriage may not always have been such a fairy tale. This tendency of Fiona's to make such references, along with her increasingly evident memory loss, creates a tension that is usually brushed off casually by both of them. But, when it is no longer possible for either of them to ignore the fact that Fiona is being consumed by Alzheimer's disease, the limits of their love and loyalty must be wrenchingly redefined.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some strong language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Sarah Polley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2007
Box Office: $15.8M
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Julie Christie
as Fiona Andersson
Gordon Pinsent
as Grant Andersson
Wendy Crewson
as Madeleine
Alberta Watson
as Dr. Fischer
Melanie Merkosky
as Singing Nurse
Stacey Laberge
as Young Fiona
Thomas Hauff
as William Hart
Clare Coulter
as Phoebe Hart
Lili Francks
as Theresa
Janet van de Graaf
as Rebecca Albright
Tom Harvey
as Michael
Judy Sinclair
as Mrs. Albright
Janet Van de Graff
as Rebecca Albright
Jessica Booker
as Mrs. Jenkins
Catherine Fitch
as Receptionist
Ron Hewat
as Frank
Jason Knight
as Young Grant
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Critic Reviews for Away From Her

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (46)

No one dreams of the twilight transpiring in "Away From Her," but, in its words, it's not bad luck. It's just life. You can't beat life. A tenderly told tragedy about Alzheimer's Disease's erosive effects, Sarah Polley's film avoids movie-of-the-week sap.

Full Review… | September 25, 2010

Too content with its own "maturity" and "restraint," yet it invaluably offers Christie for audiences in delicate contemplation, and chaste consummation

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

Christie is brilliant as steely but brittle Fiona, a woman who knows her mind completely and yet, in the end, cannot hang on to it, while Pinsent eloquently portrays the gradual ebbing away of a partnership, as delicate and unstoppable as snow-melt.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Eye for Film

Una bella historia de amor a merced de una enfermedad, filmada con delicadeza por Sarah Polley y sensiblemente interpretada por Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent y Olympia Dukakis.

Full Review… | February 20, 2008
Uruguay Total

A beautifully acted, poignant film about a man who slowly loses his wife to Alzheimer's.

Full Review… | February 2, 2008
Cinema Sight

A complex series of relationships revolve around a nursing home romance.

Full Review… | January 12, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Away From Her

I thought I was watching a great Atom Egoyan movie. Turns out I was watching a great Sarah Polley movie. Very poignant, very Canadian.

Really liked this film. Gordon Pinsent and Julie Christie both gave wonderfully full performances.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

A husband's devotion to his wife is tested when she suffers from Alzheimer's and must go to a nursing home.
A slow, sensitive, and deeply affecting drama, Away From Her features wonderful performances by its leads and Sarah Polley's steady directorial hand. Julie Christie is wonderfully tragic, beating Julianne Moore to this punch a long time ago, and Gordon Pinsent, whom I've never seen before, positively carries this film. Grant is flawed - his flaws sometimes hijacking the plot - but he also seems like the type of husband that we might all wish we were or had. And the ending ... well, it's subtle and lovely and very sad.
Overall, with all due respect to Still Alice, Away From Her is one of the best films about Alzheimer's.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Easily one of the most heartbreaking and saddening films of all time, this directorial debut from actress Sarah Polley deals with the deterioration of a mind, but more importantly a marriage. Set in the drifts of the Canadian snow, Polley creates a vast landscape constructed of bare boned memories and nerve touching emotions. She pieces together a narrative that shows their entire forty four years together, though the love each expresses for the other is encapsulated in tender moments of reflection and reconciliation. As his wife starts to lose her memory bit by bit, Grant (Pinsent) mostly denies that she has a problem at all, and as time passes even further, he has to slowly say goodbye to a woman he has formerly wronged, and made right to. Their love is so deep and lively, with their breadth of knowledge, of inner peace, and that's shown in the performances of Gordon Pinsent and Julie Christie, who really remain the most poignant of any onscreen couple. There is nothing more heart aching than watching Christie as she slowly loses any recognition for the man she has loved for most of her life. Pinsent's character remains stoic throughout the incident, and holds out hope for her memory to return, and that makes it all the more heart breaking when it doesn't. The way this film is paced is beautiful, taking into account the lives that they lived before Christie's decline, but also looking at what has happened, at the new relationships that are forming, of letting go to someone you simply can't live without, for their own benefit, and being okay with it. Tears will stream down your face as they lose each other, without one of them ever knowing.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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