Away From Her (Movie)

Had a few hours to kill last night as the better half stepped out with the alkohol moms club, so I took in a film at the local independent theatre; and to my surprise I stumbled on a pretty nice film.

AFHAway From Her is brilliant. Starring unknowns to me (I’m no movie buff) —Gordon Pinsent, Julie Christie and one actress I did know of Olympia Dukakis, it definitely does deserve the 2 oscar nominations if not more. I recommend this “chick flick”.  It honestly left me thinking about my golden years — a reputable date film for a mature couple. Never mind that I was one of three movie watchers under 40.

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Plot Outline:

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. g n mFor 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-visitors” 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 has she seemingly forgotten him, Fiona has transferred her affections to another man. The other man is Aubrey, a wheelchair bound mute 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. Written by Jon C. Hopwood


~ by blkirish on February 8, 2008.

One Response to “Away From Her (Movie)”

  1. Sounds like a compelling but hard-to-watch film. Thanks for the mini-review.

    And I got your “alkohol moms club” right here. Punk.

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