Away From Her (2007)

Away From Her
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Moderate coarse language

Director: Sarah Polley
Actors: Gordon Pinsent, Stacey Laberge, Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Deanna Dezmari, Clare Coulter

Fiona and Grant are an Ontario couple who have been married for over 40 years. Now, in the oncoming twilight of their years, they are forced to face the fact that Fiona's "forgetfulness" actually is Alzheimer's Disease. After Fiona wanders away and is found after being lost, they agree she must go into a nursing home. For the first time in the five decades their relationship has spanned, they are forced to undergo a long-time separation since the nursing home has a "no-vistors" policy for the first 30 days of a patient's stay, so they can adjust to their new surroundings. When Grant visits Fiona after the orientation period, he is devastated to find out that not only can has she seemingly forgotten him, Fiona has transferred her affections to another man. The other man is Aubrey, a wheel chair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home. As the distance between husband and wife grows, Grant must draw upon his love for Fiona to perform an act of self-sacrifice in order to ensure her happiness.

DVD
Status: QuickPick
Run time: 110mins
Origin: CANADA
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Member Reviews (53)

A beautiful story of love even with the illness of dementia. Well played by all actors.
Posted Monday, 17 February 2014 See my other reviews
Margaret
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Loved it we could relate to it. A lovely one to watch for the older aged couples.
Posted Thursday, 10 October 2013 See my other reviews
Annie
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beautiful if you are into issues around aging
Posted Wednesday, 1 May 2013 See my other reviews
Noela
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An enjoyable,well acted treatment of a delicate subject.
Posted Tuesday, 12 March 2013 See my other reviews
Emily
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Beautiful, touching and just a little heart breaking.
Posted Tuesday, 23 October 2012 See my other reviews
chookey
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What an amazing movie. SOOOOO WELL ACTED BY ALL. So very real, moving and emotional and I imagine very much so like it is. Sadly. Touches a cord on so many levels. Only 2nd movie I have given 5 stars too. How could I not.
Posted Friday, 6 July 2012 See my other reviews
Ezza
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One of the greatest movies I have seen in a long, long time. Both actors are stellar and the story is heartbreaking. The poetry read by Gordon Pinsent throughout is breathtaking! Must -see!
Posted Tuesday, 12 June 2012 See my other reviews
Lisa
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Lovely movie.
Posted Monday, 30 April 2012 See my other reviews
ipw
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Absolutely beautiful and thought provoking !!
Posted Saturday, 14 April 2012 See my other reviews
Anne
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Good movie
Posted Wednesday, 7 March 2012 See my other reviews
Cherryville-Chick
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I found this very moving. What strange twists and turns like takes us through. I just hope we are never faced with these tough decisions and heartbreak.
Posted Thursday, 1 March 2012 See my other reviews
J. S. Russell
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A sad story but very good acting by the two primary actors. You could feel his pain and her confusion.
Posted Wednesday, 22 February 2012 See my other reviews
Steph
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Interesting approach to a sickness that already appeared in two other movies. Definitely worth watching, but be prepared to feel very sad...
Posted Friday, 17 February 2012 See my other reviews
Melissa
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I thought the storyline was great, but I didn't like it how they kept cutting and changing the scenes. How is anyone supposed to follow the story?
Posted Saturday, 18 June 2011 See my other reviews
Annette
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Heartbreaking. Heartwarming. Sad.
Posted Friday, 18 March 2011 See my other reviews
Carla
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Heartbreakingly realistic movie. Gordon Pinsent should also have been nominated for this film. Have kleenex close by!
Posted Sunday, 6 March 2011 See my other reviews
Julia
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Thoroughly enjoyed this heart wreching movie. Storyline was very well written and had me captivated the whole time. The characters had depth and were all very likeable. Outstanding performances by all actors, particulary the two leads. This movie definately makes you appreciate the loved ones in your life, as you never know what the future holds.
Posted Saturday, 8 January 2011 See my other reviews
Alex H
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A very sensitive film about the debilitating desiese of growing old and forgetting your loved ones. Wonderful acting!!!
Posted Thursday, 30 December 2010 See my other reviews
kimmity
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Good acting, good story. Liked the beginning best and the conclusion is very satisfying but dragged on in tedium for the middle. Interesting; 3 stars from me.
Posted Friday, 1 October 2010 See my other reviews
yeo44
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a beautiful and very moving story, very true in every way, shows how desperately a husband tries to keep his wife at home, even though he can see her behaviour mentally deteriating, to the extent eventually af having to put her into care, where she eventually fails to recognize him
Posted Monday, 6 September 2010 See my other reviews
carole
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Disappointing as NO subtitle for hearing impaired
Posted Monday, 31 May 2010 See my other reviews
Ann O.
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A very fine movie, sad, but very close to home, about a situation any of us could be in if confronted by Alzheimer's disease. The acting is of a high standard . A thoroughly absorbing film.
Posted Tuesday, 16 March 2010 See my other reviews
John M.
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A beautiful insight into the deep sadness of watching a loved one disappear bit by bit due to Alzheimer's. Wonderfully acted, and tastefully done at all times.
Posted Sunday, 7 February 2010 See my other reviews
Geoff
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Boring. I expected a bit better
Posted Friday, 22 January 2010 See my other reviews
Jenn
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This kind of movie is not everyone's cup of tea. Very slow but i loved it! A great glimpse into a world of someone's pain in losing their loved one thru Alzheimers and not death. I love how he continues to love her even though she has a different life to him!
Posted Tuesday, 19 January 2010 See my other reviews
Josephine
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A sad but true account of emotions and trials for the person diagnosed with alzheimers and also the immediate loved ones. Very good.
Posted Monday, 14 December 2009 See my other reviews
Carolyn H.
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Wonderful movie about how real love endures all ...
Posted Monday, 16 November 2009 See my other reviews
Matthew B.
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Deeply affecting, moving film, with very powerful performances by the two leads. I found the ending unsatisfying though.
Posted Saturday, 24 October 2009 See my other reviews
Marlene
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True life story. Very accurate movie!
Posted Thursday, 8 October 2009 See my other reviews
Sharon H.
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My 89 year old father is rapidly headed into Alzheimers so this movie just made me cry and cry. Having said that I considered it a really beautiful film, a great love story and an insight into what, for many, is to come. Top movie.
Posted Monday, 1 June 2009 See my other reviews
Margaret
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Sublime. Beautiful film giving a little more understanding into a marriage that has lasted (not without its ups and downs) and to what it's like to be succumbing to Alzheimers and to be the one left behind. A moving and intelligent story with being overtly sentimental.
Posted Monday, 16 March 2009 See my other reviews
Stephanie H.
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beautifully done on a very depressing subject, but found it too hard to watch it all. Definitely not one to get if you are feeling depressed!!
Posted Wednesday, 10 December 2008 See my other reviews
Mary B.
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Wonderfully acted especially Julie Christie - she should have won an Oscar for her role in this movie.
Posted Thursday, 20 November 2008 See my other reviews
Bronwyn R.
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A truly beautiful movie about an older couple affected by Alzheimers, superbly acted by the two lead actors. Highly recommended.
Posted Wednesday, 5 November 2008 See my other reviews
stimpy
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Wouldn't it (or won't it) be awful. Unfortunately I found this film lacking something, and I'm not sure what. Anyway, I think this movie makes you want to have kids!
Posted Sunday, 5 October 2008 See my other reviews
Rachel S.
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Beautiful movie. Something to look forward to in the future....
Posted Friday, 26 September 2008 See my other reviews
Andrew H.
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It's a bit of a midday movie but it's well written, well acted and no Hollywood schmaltz.
Posted Thursday, 25 September 2008 See my other reviews
girlster
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A film that so many of us are possibly going to face with our own parents is handled with grace and dignity. Wouldn't it be lovely if all our situations were able to move easily like this and with so much compassion. I know for a fact, it's not in my family! Still good acting performances and gives plenty of food for thought!
Posted Tuesday, 9 September 2008 See my other reviews
Catherine B.
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What a beautiful movie. I had expected, given the tough subject matter, that I would find it harrowing, but it's gorgeous. It's a movie about hope, forgiveness and real life.
Posted Wednesday, 3 September 2008 See my other reviews
Kate S.
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Wow, I can't believe the director of this film is so young - and I think it was her debut film. It's such a fantastic film. Julie Christie is amazing and the fact that she is so beautiful doesn't even make her unbelievable in this role.
Posted Wednesday, 13 August 2008 See my other reviews
Deborah H.
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Stunningly beautiful portrayal of long-term love and the difficulties of aging.
Posted Thursday, 24 July 2008 See my other reviews
Trent S.
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The first act is so brilliant that it inevitably sags in the second half, but aside from that - and occasional moments of forgiveable sacchrine - this is a gorgeous tearjerker that deserves to be seen by more people than will bother.
Posted Thursday, 3 July 2008 See my other reviews
Wendy C.
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A good movie to watch.
Posted Sunday, 15 June 2008 See my other reviews
Barbara Jane C.
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excellent and sensitively acted by all in the movie with some subtexts that were intriguing
Posted Wednesday, 4 June 2008 See my other reviews
Siobhan W.
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Very emotional film about the love shared between a couple and the husband who would fight for his wife's fading memory
Posted Tuesday, 3 June 2008 See my other reviews
Gerd H.
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Alzheimer’s something you’d rather not think about? Here’s a beautiful love story that educates as well as showing compassion for all affected, not just the one afflicted. The acting is superb: where has Julie Christie been all these years? A worthwhile if sad experience to watch this movie.
Posted Saturday, 31 May 2008 See my other reviews
Valerie P.
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Posted Tuesday, 27 May 2008 See my other reviews
Kristy S.
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very moving, makes the eyes well up
Posted Monday, 26 May 2008 See my other reviews
Charlie P.
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Posted Wednesday, 21 May 2008 See my other reviews
Nathan C.
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I cant remember if I liked this or not.
Posted Friday, 16 May 2008 See my other reviews
Grace H.
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Sad but thought-provoking movie about a difficult subject.
Posted Wednesday, 14 May 2008 See my other reviews
Piya A.
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Posted Tuesday, 13 May 2008 See my other reviews
Maria C.
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A beautiful movie.
Posted Saturday, 3 May 2008 See my other reviews