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Away From Her
Below is a transcript of the review on the audio file playable above."Away from Her" is the story of Fiona as she lives with the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Starring 66-year-old Julie Christie and 77-year old Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent as her husband Grant, it's all raw emotion about coping with the fading history of a forty-four year marriage - and a lifetime - as it all disappears right before your denying, unbelieving eyes.
One evening Fiona puts the frying pan away in the refrigerator. At a dinner with friends, she reaches for a bottle but can't remember the word wine. She says: "I think I'm beginning to disappear."
As the disease progresses Fiona comes to know that Grant does not need to deal, or perhaps, cannot deal, with her inability to simply and safely live in their home. When Grant questions her choice to move into an assisted living facility, she tells him "I think all we can aspire to in this situation is a little bit of grace." Through doubt, fear, and resolve steadfast Fiona goes into the clinic called Meadowlake. There she bonds with another patient, Aubrey, as her disease takes her husband, and her past, from her memory.
"Away From Her," is an empowering film about the winter of life and the blurry line of a committed relationship. It's a highly evolved film from first time director 28-year-old Sarah Polley, and a bittersweet swan song for actress Julie Christie.
As the mysterious disease of Alzheimer's begins to take Fiona's identity we look back to remember our own lives and imagine those memories completely gone - meanwhile the clock tick-tocks away for all of us. I hope our country embraces technology again some day soon and finds an aggressive treatment for this deadly, and devastating disease.