Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Netflix It: Away from Her

#29 - Away from Her

Available from Netflix: Away from Her, directed by Sarah Polley

This movie made me cry, and it also won Genie Awards (Canadian Oscars) for Best Director and Best Motion Picture, among others.

Synopsis from

Adapted by Polley from a short story by Alice Munro, this small-scaled two-character drama concerns Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona (Julie Christie), a long-married couple, well into their golden years, who are much in love and connected to one another on every level. "Soul mates" in the purest sense of the term, the two feel a sense of ease and tranquility in their rural home. But when Fiona's memory begins to slip away and she insists on being taken to a rest home, the decision stirs up torrents of guilt and regret in Grant's heart. The rules of the center only complicate matters, as they forbid visitation and communication with Fiona for an interminable period of time. He determines to support his wife at all costs, even if it must happen at the expense of his own peace of mind.

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