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Away From Her (2-Disc Special Edition)

Julie Christie , Gordon Pinsent , Sarah Polley    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Married for 50 years, Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona's (Julie Christie) commitment to each other appears unwavering, and their everyday life is full of tenderness and humour. 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. As the lapses become more obvious and dramatic, it is no longer possible for either of them to ignore the fact that Fiona is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

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"Stunning performances from Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent!" -- Joanna Schneller, GLOBE AND MAIL

"Extraordinary!" -- Brian D. Johnson, MACLEANS

"I can't remember the last time the movies yielded up a love story so painful, so tender and so true." -- A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"If Julie Christie doesn't get an Oscar nomination, there is no justice." -- Carrie Rickey, Philidephia Inquirer

"Rarely has love at any age been depicted so honestly on screen." -- Ann Hornaday, WASHINGTON POST

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Film Sept. 29 2007
By Kilgore
Format:DVD
Foreced to watch this, didn't want to because of the subject matter but so glad I did. This is a story about alzheimers yes, but really so much more. It's about the true love of a couple (played superbley by Gordon Pinsent and Julie Christie) who have had definite ups and downs over the years not the least which was infidelity. This is a totally beleivable movie of what one goes through when your life partner slowly dissapears and as a viewer you can't help but feel the worst for the one left behind. There are so many movies that are, you know, good but forgetable. This one will stay with you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars uplifting and hopeful March 1 2008
By falcon
Format:DVD
given the subject matter,you might think this film would be
depressing,but i didn't find it so.it's about a husband and wife who
have been married a long time,when they both notice the wife has been
having memory lapses.soon they come to the realization that she has
Alzheimer's disease.the rest of the movie deals with their struggle to
cope.the meaning of the title is explained very early on,and makes a
lot of sense.the acting is superb.that's the word that comes to
mind.Julie Christie is the wife,Fiona,and is brilliant in her
transformation from loving wife to someone in the advanced stages of
Alzheimer's.the transformation is subtle,as is her performance.Gordon
Pinsent is equally great as Grant,her husband.Olympia Dukakis is also
strong.beyond the performances,the movie itself is very realistic in
how it depicts the people afflicted with Alzheimer's,as well as their
loved ones.it's also very moving,and is uplifting and even hopeful.i
hope Sarah Polley continues to direct,as she has a very great future
ahead of her.for me,Away From Her is a 5/5
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By E. Sung
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It's easy to deal with a divorce. It's doable to deal with death. But, if when you love her dearly, and she loves you dearly, then, she is gone, but not gone, and you have the responsibility to keep an eye on her, and you must see her everyday, and she does not see you, how do you choose to behave? This is a struggle between keeping your promise, keeping up with your responsibility, and betrayal. When do you stop? Soon, and it will happen. But, the transition period is hell. Are you ready? Are you aware this is what will happen?

Thank you for an excellent wake up call.
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