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Away From Her

(DVD - 2007)
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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.
Notes: Based on the short story "The bear came over the mountain" by Alice Munro
Special features: Feature commentary with actress Julie Christie ; deleted scenes ; deleted scenes commentary with director Sarah Polley
Credits: Director of photography, Luc Montpellier ; editor, David Whamsby ; music, Jonathan Goldsmith ; costume design, Debra Hanson ; production design, Kathleen Climie.
Performers: Gordon Pinsent, Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy, Wendy Crewson, Kristen Thomson, Deanna Dezmari, Clare Coulter, Thomas Hauff, Alberta Watson.
Summary: 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.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 for some strong language
System Details: DVD, NTSC; region 1, widescreen (1.78:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 (stereo.)
Other Language: English dialogue with optional English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Munro, Alice Film and video adaptations Married people Drama Alzheimer's disease Patients Drama Nursing home patients Drama Older people Drama Ontario Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Film adaptations
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Married people
Alzheimer's disease
Nursing home patients
Older people
Publisher No: 21795
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE A
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Jul 18, 2014
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Julie Christie, one of the best British actors ever, plays a wife being afflicted with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. It is the first time I have seen Christie in a serious film in the last 30 years and she is great. Sadly for film fans, this will probably be her last serious film as she herself has been afflicted with a rare disorder called autobiographic amnesia. A great lesson of this film is that nothing in life lasts forever, so maybe we should appreciate the good things in life a little bit more when we have them. Remember the older films where vampires stole our loved ones from us. Well now we have Alzheimer’s disease that steals our souls from us. This is something ugly that we must acknowledge, so live life the best while you have the opportunity.

movie drug some, loved Julie Christie but the plot was uninteresting

Jun 19, 2014
  • ncs1961 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Julie is lovely and so so talented - I had forgotten what a joy she is in a film. Everyone of a certain age has or will have the specter of Alzheimer dementia in their lives. Away from Her is a good one to see - for now and later.

Apr 18, 2014
  • gerrygibeault rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very moving film about a couple facing the harsh reality of Alzheimer's disease. Well worth watching.

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.

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

A really sad, but real subject matter.

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.

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.

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.

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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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