Away From Her

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Away From Her is the lyrical screenplay adaptation of celebrated author Alice Munro's short story The Bear Came Over the Mountain. Away From Her is a beautifully moving love story that deals with memory and the circuitous, unnamable paths of a long marriage. Married for 50 years, Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona's (Julie Christie) commitment to each other appears unwavering, and their everyday life is full of tenderness and humour. This serenity is broken only by the occasional, carefully restrained reference to the past, giving a sense that this marriage may not always have been such a fairy tale. This tendency of Fiona's to make such references, along with her increasingly evident memory loss, creates a tension that is usually brushed off casually by both of them. As the lapses become more obvious and dramatic, it is no longer possible for either of them to ignore the fact that Fiona is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Nominated in two categories at the 2008 Academy Awards [Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Julie Christie); Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Sarah Polley)]
Winner of the 2008 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (Julie Christie)
Winner of six 2008 Genies, as well as the Claude Jutra Award (awarded to Sarah Polley)