Fiona and Grant have been married for 50 years. They have to face the fact that Fiona’s absent-mindedness is a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. She must go to a specialized nursing home, where she slowly forgets Grant and turns her affection to Aubrey, another patient in the home.
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Many cinephiles may not yet have read Alice Munro, this year's Nobel Prize winner for Literature. While waiting to pick up one of her books, you should take a look at Away From Her, Sarah Polley's brilliant adaptation of Munro's story The Bear Came Over the Mountain.
The story itself is moving. But the story arc is not as developed as it could be. The characters develop along fine, but the story line is rather underwhelming. The events could have been explored more deeply, or at least edited differently. The performances from the whole cast were spot-on. It was a great ensemble. They hit many perfect notes.
Although the climax of the film is at the beginning of the second act, Polley is able to maintain a steady and congruent delivery of emotions. Away from her is one of the few recent, contemporary north american movies worth watching. One of the several films that had me in tears
When I found out Polley was directing this film I immediately added it to my must watch list. I've followed her career for some time in front of the camera (she was amazing in The Sweet Hereafter - Atom Egoyian's finest, perhaps) and found her directorial debut a solid film, though scarce, a minimalist character film about a troubling subject matter that doesn't always set well with the masses.
I think this film's merits were lost on me, or maybe I'm too avid of a Julie Christie fan to see her through Gordon Pinsent's eyes. Clinical, distant, sad, elusive. I wish I knew her more. Not strong enough for me, Sarah Polley.