Away From Her

2008-03-03 10:35
What it's about:

Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona (Julie Christie) have spent most of there lives together as a married couple. But when Fiona's forgetfulness turns into something more than harmless absent-mindedness, their love is challenged by the heartbreaking effects of Alzheimer's disease.

What we thought of it:

Canadian actress, writer and director Sarah Polley (The Sweet Hereafter and My Life Without Me) tells a tragically beautiful story with powerful honesty. Skimp dialogue fulfils only the most basic of story telling requirements, leaving the narrative to be told by perfectly-timed pauses, lingering gazes and painful, internalised emotions.

Julie Christie is arresting as ever and perhaps even more beautiful than at the beginning of her illustrious movie career. Always a lady, Fiona seems to so much a part of Christie you are left wondering how fictional her character really is. Meanwhile, Gordon Pinsent flawlessly bares the internal struggle of a restrained man struggling to hold on to a woman who no longer remembers the life they shared.

Away From Her is an exquisite work of art of a 40-year-old love story that's destroyed when fading memories are no longer enough. Not for the impatient.

- Megan Kakora
A powerfully written story about the tragedy of Alzheimer's disease is told with beautiful directing and poignant acting.

Gina 2008/01/02 8:15 PM
Away from this yawner Does the fact that Julie Christie stand for an Oscar give the four stars? One would have to be an art movie fanatic to walk out of this film begging for a bed to lie in. It's one of those atmospheric jobs, all camera work and beautiful shorts (not least some pretty unflattering close-ups) and sweetie-sweetie Love Story-like features. But it just went on and on. We know about Alzheimers (remember Iris) and it's terribly sad. But here there was just nothing but sad, nothing to uplift the gloom and nothing, really, but the end to look forward to. Tedious to a fault. I don't believe the acting (which was as good from the co-star) made up for the sluggish pace it moved at. Not since Howard's End have I been so squirming in my seat. Poignant, maybe. Good? Sorry, no.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.