Thursday, May 17, 2007

Away From Her

Posted on Thu, May 17, 2007 at 4:00 AM

****
Away From Her
Studio: Lionsgate
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy, Wendy Crewson
Director: Sarah Polley
WorkNameSort: Away From Her
Our Rating: 4.00
Based on the Alice Munro short story 'The Bear Came Over the Mountain,â?� Away From Her is about a smart, middle-aged Canadian couple dealing with the inevitable drift that occurs when a longtime partner loses touch with the reality of the past. Julie Christie plays Fiona, whose Alzheimer's necessitates her admission into a senior-citizens facility. Her attentive, loving and somewhat penitent husband struggles mightily with the separation and with Fiona's eventual mental dissociation from him. That struggle, and his eventual, heroic coming to terms with the situation is as romantic as it is heartbreaking, and the delicate and dignified way that director Sarah Polley treats Munro's story is worthy of high praise.

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