Away From Her
Away From Her (2007)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 20, 2007
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An accomplished directorial debut by Sarah Polley, Away From Her is a touching exploration of the effects of Alzheimer's, in which the tender wisdom of Polley's script is beautifully complemented by a wonderful performance from Julie Christie.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Sarah Polley, a terrific actress, now serves notice that she is a director to watch.

Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Away From Her got to me in a way no other movie has this year, eliciting copious tears.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

That the film does justice to the original short story is saying something.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

As this intimate, beautifully observed film unfolds, you realize that the story's themes are relevant no matter what age you happen to be.

Nick Rogers

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.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

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.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

Sarah Polley's sad, wise and simply dazzling directorial effort beams with warmth.

Fernando F. Croce

Too content with its own "maturity" and "restraint," yet it invaluably offers Christie for audiences in delicate contemplation, and chaste consummation

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
I thought I was watching a great Atom Egoyan movie. Turns out I was watching a great Sarah Polley movie. Very poignant, very Canadian. Really liked this… More
Nicki Marie
I struggled getting into this one, just because it is such a horrible subject (altzheimers disease). Obviously this was never going to be a laugh a minute.… More
Jim Hunter
A husband's devotion to his wife is tested when she suffers from Alzheimer's and must go to a nursing home. A slow, sensitive, and deeply affecting… More
Red Lats
I have put off seeing this movie. I find movies about Alzheimer's scary since my mother went through it before she passed on. But scary or not, you… More
Spencer S.
Easily one of the most heartbreaking and saddening films of all time, this directorial debut from actress Sarah Polley deals with the deterioration of a mind,… More
Craig Sutcliffe
<u><b>Directed by:</u></b> Sarah Polley. <u><b>Starring:</u></b> Julie Christie, Olypmia Dukakis, Gordon… More

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