Away from Her
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Married for almost 50 years, Grant and Fiona's commitment to each other appears unwavering, and their everyday life is full of tenderness and humor. 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. But, when it is no longer possible for either of them to ignore the fact that Fiona is being consumed… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"Sarah Polley, a terrific actress, now serves notice that she is a director to watch."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Away From Her got to me in a way no other movie has this year, eliciting copious tears."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"No one dreams of the twilight transpiring in "Away From Her," but, in its words, it's not bad luck. It's just life. You can't beat life. A tenderly told tragedy about Alzheimer's Disease's erosive effects, Sarah Polley's film avoids movie-of-the-week sap."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Christie is brilliant as steely but brittle Fiona, a woman who knows her mind completely and yet, in the end, cannot hang on to it, while Pinsent eloquently portrays the gradual ebbing away of a partnership, as delicate and unstoppable as snow-melt."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"A complex series of relationships revolve around a nursing home romance."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Beautifully written, from an Alice Munro short story, this movie directed by an actress rarely missteps, even when it bravely includes the dark humor inherent in this situation."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"As this intimate, beautifully observed film unfolds, you realize that the story's themes are relevant no matter what age you happen to be."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Too content with its own "maturity" and "restraint," yet it invaluably offers Christie for audiences in delicate contemplation, and chaste consummation"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Una bella historia de amor a merced de una enfermedad, filmada con delicadeza por Sarah Polley y sensiblemente interpretada por Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent y Olympia Dukakis."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Julie Christie as an Alzheimer's afflicted wife achieves the perfect psychological mixture of despair, mystery, rebellion against the unappreciated devotion that has been her lot in married life, and an ultimate odd but eloquent personal liberation."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Superb, from its subtle atmospheres to its fine performances. Julie Christie is exquisite as ever purveying the spirit of a woman whose radiance remains even as it dims like the glow of sunset on a snowbound lake."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Sarah Polley's sad, wise and simply dazzling directorial effort beams with warmth."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Sometimes extreme physical beauty grows more complex, more satisfying with age; it's rare, but it happens."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"A beautifully acted, poignant film about a man who slowly loses his wife to Alzheimer's."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Hallmark card presentation of the onset of Alzheimer's. Totally sincere and totally unrealistic."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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