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Away From Her

(DVD - 2007 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Away From Her


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Fiona and Grant are an Ontario couple who have been married for over 40 years. During the twilight of their years, Grant is forced to face the fact that Fiona's 'forgetfulness' actually is Alzheimer's. After Fiona wanders away and is found, the decision is made for her to go into a nursing home. For the first time in their relationship, they are forced to undergo a separation since this is the nursing home 'no-vistors, ' first 30 days policy of a patient's stay. When Grant visits Fiona after the orientation period, he is devastated to find out that not only has she seemingly forgotten him, but she has transferred her affections to another man. As the distance between husband and wife grows, Grant must draw upon his love for Fiona to perform an act of self-sacrifice in order to ensure her happiness.
Statement of Responsibility: the Film Farm and Foundry Films ; in association with Capri Releasing, Hanway Films and Echo Lake Productions present ; producers Daniel Iron, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss ; written and directed by Sarah Polley
Title: Away from her
[videorecording]
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. :, Lionsgate,, [2007]
Edition: Widescreen
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 110 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
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Report This Feb 04, 2014
  • PatrickLongworth1969 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A hard film to watch but very good just the same. Hard to watch because I have faced my own mortality and at present I am not in a relationship and so seeing what the man and the woman went through together and apart from each other was definitely something to ponder. If any film could make me have sober second thoughts about being in a relationship, this film is the one I would say, though of course nobody can say for sure what will happen in their lives from day to day.

Report This Oct 26, 2013
  • mmg2681 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A really sad, but real subject matter.

Report This Apr 04, 2013
  • Quimeras rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Without a doubt, the subject matter of “Away From Her” is an important one, but the pace of the movie is a bit slow for my taste.

Report This Feb 05, 2013
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I started to watching this movie and thought I could not finish watching it because it was so depressing. However I am glad that I watched it to the end, because it turns out to be very enlightening on the subject of alzheimers.

I cant imagine how this movie didn't win any awards, or how it was ever passed up. I remember Julie Christie from her days in movies such as "DARLING". She was, and is, an excellent actress I don't know how she does it. This movie is excellent I have no faults about it. Period.

Report This Jan 26, 2013
  • love_my_library_card rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Visually beautiful and well-acted, but you definitely have to be in the mood for this bittersweet movie. What an awful disease; to watch a loved one mentally disappear while you retain all the memories of a life together is truly heartbreaking.

Report This Dec 14, 2010
  • bg2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Marvellous acting from Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent! Beautiful cinematography as well!

Report This Mar 01, 2009
  • dparent rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great peformance by Gordon Pinsent and Julie Christie. A great little movie that was thoroughly enjoyable but will make your cry.

Report This Feb 21, 2009
  • GGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I took me awhile to want to watch this film. You have to be in the mood. It's sad, even when you think of the positive side, and it's life. Acting and story was good.

Report This Feb 10, 2009
  • PatrickT rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting idea and well acted but, for me, the film seemed to lose its way in the second half

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Report This Mar 01, 2009
  • dparent rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An older couple who have been married for a lifetime face a challenging time when they realize that the wife has Alzheimer's. They have never been separated and suddenly she must be placed in a home for her safety.

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