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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:
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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Writer-director Sarah Polley had intended her feature film debut to be based on a script she wrote about a 12-year-old actress starring on a television series. She was unable to get the project green lighted, and turned to another, an adaptation of one of her favorite short stories, Alice Munro's "The Bear Came Over the Mountain". The story deals with a couple in their sixties coping with the wife's Alzheimer's disease. 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 »


Kristy: And, how old were you when you met?
Grant Anderson: She was 18.
Kristy: Holy! That's pretty young to get married, eh?
Grant Anderson: Wasn't my idea.
Kristy: You mean she proposed to you? Well, that's lovely, that's what I think. How'd she do it?
Grant Anderson: She hadn't planned it necessarily. We were in Tobermory, waiting for the ferry to Manitoulin, and it was miserable and rainy, and she was in a good mood. And, she didn't want any part of my sour mood.
Kristy: What'd she do, what'd she say?
Grant Anderson: Well, she said: "Do you think it'd be fun... Do you think it'd be ...
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Prelude from 'Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute', (BWV 998)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by Jonathan Goldsmith (electric guitar, piano, ambiences) and Hugh Marsh (electric violin)
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30 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at Sundance, and was literally blown away. Away From Her is an incredible achievement for any filmmaker, and for such a young director as Sarah Polley to have made this film is amazing. If there is a God, she, Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent will all be nominated for Academy Awards.

This film deals with a couple married for 45 years, and have never been away from each other. As Julie Christie's character realizes that she is losing her memory, she makes plans to enter a clinic, from which she knows she will not return from, and her husband does not want her to be "away from her." In a few of the scenes in which her memory has reverted to the past, you find out that their marriage was not perfect, as she brings up events from the past that caused both of them pain.

Bring tissues and ladies- make sure you've got waterproof mascara on.

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