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Away From Her (2-Disc Special Edition)

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  • Actors: Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, Olympia Dukakis
  • Directors: Sarah Polley
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Mongrel
  • Release Date: Sept. 11 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,597 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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.


"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 By Kilgore on Sept. 29 2007
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By falcon on March 1 2008
Format: DVD
given the subject matter,you might think this film would be
depressing,but i didn't find 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'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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I bought the DVD of this movie recently and it kept my attention from start to finish. I always liked Julie Christie but hadn't seen her in a movie since Doctor Zhivago in the mid 1960's. I was curious to see how she looked now and if I would like her as much as in Dr. Zhivago and the answer is Yes. She looks older of course, but still has the same eyes and same smile. Her figure looks much the same as it did in the 1960's. She plays the part of Fiona, a woman gradually slipping into confusion due to Alzheimer disease. I also liked Gordon Pinsent, Fiona's husband Grant in the movie. He is a well known Canadian actor who is well respected and has been in many movies in Canada and US made movies. Fiona and Grant have been happily married many years at the start of the movie, but when Fiona gets Alzheimers their lives and relationship changes dramatically. The adjustment for Fiona and Grant is painful, difficult and sad. Grant is upset and confused about the changes in his wife but eventually is forced to accept her condition. Olympia Doukakis is good in the movie as well. The snow scenes in the movie are beautifully photographed. The young producer of the movie Sarah Polley has done a great job directing the movie. Some may remember her as the young Sarah in the weekly "Road to Avonlea" TV series seen on CBC TV channel in Canada and Disney channel in the U.S. I hope the actors and Director Sarah Polley are nominated for Awards for the fine job they all did in this compelling movie.
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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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