Away from Her (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  25 May 2007 (USA)
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A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man, Aubrey, a wheelchair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home.



, (short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stacey LaBerge ...
Young Fiona
Deanna Dezmari ...
Clare Coulter ...
Phoebe Hart
William Hart
Dr. Fischer
Nurse Betty
Lili Francks ...
Madeleine Montpellier
Judy Sinclair ...
Mrs. Albright
Tom Harvey ...
Carolyn Hetherington ...


Grant and Fiona Anderson have been married for forty-four years. Their marriage has been a generally happy and loving one although not perfect due to some indiscretions when Grant was working as a college professor. Fiona has just been admitted to Meadowlake, a long term care facility near their country home in southwestern Ontario, because her recent lapses of memory have been diagnosed as a probable case of Alzheimer's disease. She and Grant made this decision together, although a still lucid Fiona seems to have made peace with the decision and her diagnosis more so than Grant. With respect to the facility, what Grant has the most difficulty with are what he sees as the sadness associated with the facility's second floor - where the more advanced cases are housed - but most specifically the facility's policy of no visitors within the first thirty days of admission to allow the patient to adjust more easily to their new life there. Based on what he sees when he is finally able to ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 May 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lejos de ella  »

Box Office


CAD 4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$53,267 (USA) (4 May 2007)


$15,830,046 (USA) (13 July 2007)

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1.85 : 1
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'Sarah Polley' adapted the short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain" specifically for Julie Christie. See more »


When Fiona checks into the nursing home, she writes her husband a note telling him to go home. The note is signed 'Fona,' not 'Fiona.' See more »


[Grant is talking with Fiona about her desire to move into the Meadowlake nursing home]
Grant Anderson: You're sure?
Fiona: I'm sure.
Grant Anderson: You don't want to just get a sense of the place? I don't want to make this decision alone.
Fiona: [turns and stares blankly at Grant] What place?
[Grant stares back at Fiona, aghast]
Fiona: Just kidding.
Grant Anderson: [grinning] Fuck off.
Fiona: [smiling, then pensive] You're not making this decision alone, Grant. I've already made up my mind.
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So Moving and the Director is so young - Is the AMPAS bunch watching this ?
17 January 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Sarah Polley is under 30 and "Away From Her" is a genius project for any age of filmmaker. Wow. Just amazed at the sensitivity of the direction and the spectacular performances.

Julie Christie is so adept at convincing her audience, there wasn't a dry eye at our screening.

Gordon Pinsent and Olymia Dukakis were equally as gripping in this quiet, realistic tale.

If it doesn't get an Oscar for somebody - there is REALLY something wrong with the distribution and/or with AMPAS.

come along everyone !

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