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Away From Her (2-Disc Special Edition)

Julie Christie , Gordon Pinsent , Sarah Polley    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
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Film Sept. 29 2007
By Kilgore
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
5.0 out of 5 stars uplifting and hopeful March 1 2008
By falcon
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
I do not remember if the word "Alzheimers" is even mentioned in "Away from Her," although its utterance is not necessary to understand what is happening with Fiona (Julie Christie). When she put the frying pan in the freezer, where it is dutifully retrieved by her husband, Grant (Gordon Pinsent), we know the situation, even without seeing the PSA for fighting the dastardly diseases that plays at the start of this DVD. Fiona has taken to wandering away, unable to find her way back home, and Grant cannot watch her every minute. Since that is the sort of attention she needs as the disease progresses (captured in a painful moment at a dinner party where Fiona struggles to remember what is in the bottle she holds in her hand), Grant must find a home in which to place his wife of nearly 50 years. He chooses Meadowlake.

When Grant brings Fiona to Meadowlake the first of two flaws that affect my response to "Away from Her" moves the story forward. Meadowlake has a policy that new residents cannot have neither visitors nor phone calls during the first 30-days of their stay. Now, I fully understand why such a policy makes sense if you are dealing with somebody sent to prison or checking into a rehab clinic, but at a home for the elderly that pays attention to people suffering from Alzheimer's? It would be hard to come up with something crueler. Your mind is starting to betray you and you move away from the home you have known for decades into a strange new place, and you cannot see your family and friends? No wonder when Grant arrives a month later his beloved wife thinks that he is just a new resident of the home.
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By skylark
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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