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Away from Her -- The beautiful and moving story of an older couple's love that transcends Alzheimer's disease.
Away from Her -- 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 wheel chair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home.


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Sarah Polley (written by)
Alice Munro (short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain")
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Release Date:
25 May 2007 (USA) See more »
It's never too late to become what you might have been See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 65 wins & 34 nominations See more »
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Give me a break -- this is one of the most unrealistic films I have ever seen! See more (120 total) »


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Gordon Pinsent ... Grant Anderson
Stacey LaBerge ... Young Fiona

Julie Christie ... Fiona Anderson

Olympia Dukakis ... Marian
Deanna Dezmari ... Veronica
Clare Coulter ... Phoebe Hart

Thomas Hauff ... William Hart

Alberta Watson ... Dr. Fischer

Grace Lynn Kung ... Nurse Betty
Lili Francks ... Theresa

Andrew Moodie ... Liam

Wendy Crewson ... Madeleine Montpellier
Judy Sinclair ... Mrs. Albright
Tom Harvey ... Michael
Carolyn Hetherington ... Eliza

Melanie Merkosky ... Singing Nurse

Kristen Thomson ... Kristy
Jessica Booker ... Mrs. Jenkins
Janet van de Graaf ... Rebecca Albright

Michael Murphy ... Aubrey
Vanessa Vaughan ... Stella
Catherine Fitch ... Receptionist
Ron Hewat ... Frank
Jason Knight ... Young Grant

Nina Dobrev ... Monica
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nancy E.L. Ward ... Caregiver (uncredited)

Directed by
Sarah Polley 
Writing credits
Sarah Polley (written by)

Alice Munro (short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain")

Produced by
Atom Egoyan .... executive producer
Victoria Hirst .... co-producer
Daniel Iron .... producer
Doug Mankoff .... executive producer
Simone Urdl .... producer
Jennifer Weiss .... producer
Original Music by
Jonathan Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Luc Montpellier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Wharnsby 
Casting by
John Buchan 
Production Design by
Kathleen Climie 
Art Direction by
Benno Tutter 
Set Decoration by
Mary Kirkland 
Costume Design by
Debra Hanson 
Makeup Department
Réjean Goderre .... key hair stylist (as Rejean Goderre)
Zinka Shankland .... hair stylist
Micheline Trépanier .... key makeup artist (as Micheline Trepanier)
Catherine Viot .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ted Miller .... production manager
Rachel Sutherland .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ben Marrello .... third assistant director
Barbara McCullam .... daily third assistant director
Alan McKenna .... second assistant director
Daniel J. Murphy .... first assistant director (as Daniel Murphy)
Chris Trebilcock .... trainee assistant director
Fatima Palhetas .... daily assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Richard Armstrong .... on-set dresser
Shawn Cantelon .... set dresser
Rae Crombie .... property master
Robert Dyer .... carpenter
Hans Engel .... carpenter
Rojuano Espiritu .... set dresser
Matthew Fernandes .... art department trainee
David Fuller .... key scenic painter
Brian Jones .... construction manager
Emmanouil Kourtikakis .... carpenter
Kent McIntyre .... set decoration buyer
Jonathan McKenzie .... head carpenter
Ryan Sammut .... carpenter
Eric Summerley .... carpenter
Aleksandar Vojvodic .... set dresser
Sergey Volkov .... lead set dresser (as Sergey Tsukanov)
Cindy Yetman .... assistant property master
Frank Croft .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kathy Choi .... sound editor
Sue Conley .... dialogue editor
Erik Culp .... foley recordist
John Dykstra .... foley recordist
John Elliot .... assistant foley artist
Barry Gilmore .... dialogue editor
Steve Hammond .... foley artist
Ronayne Higginson .... adr editor
Janice Ierulli .... dialogue editor
Martin Lee .... sound re-recording mixer
Mandy Ley .... assistant sound mixer
Kirk Lynds .... sound re-recording mixer
David McCallum .... supervising dialogue editor
Chris McLeod .... assistant adr recordist
Bill McMillan .... sound recordist
Joe Morrow .... second assistant sound editor
John Naslen .... adr recordist
David Rose .... sound effects editor (as Dave Rose)
Lou Solakofski .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Stark .... boom operator
Paul Talbott .... assistant adr recordist
Jane Tattersall .... sound designer
Marilee Yorston .... foley assistant
Special Effects by
Mark Ahee .... special effects technician
Derek Bujalski .... special effects technician
Michael Gagnon .... special effects coordinator (as Michel Gagnon)
Geoff Hill .... special effects technician
Kirk Middleton .... special effects technician
Jasmine Gorett Vala .... special effects technician (as Gorett Vala)
Visual Effects by
Derek Bonin .... digital compositor: Technicolor Creative Services
Christie Friesen .... visual effects project coordinator: audio, Technicolor Creative Services
Doug Kilgore .... visual effects project coordinator: video, Technicolor Creative Services
Sam Komaromi .... visual effects project coordinator
Mark Kueper .... digital intermediate scanner: Technicolor Creative Services
Eric Myles .... digital supervisor: Technicolort Creative Services
Jordan Nieuwland .... matte painter: Technicolor Creative Services
Andrew Pascoe .... digital technician: Technicolor Creative Services
Camera and Electrical Department
Bradley Bell .... electrician
Michael Blatchford .... camera loader
Darren Boyce .... key grip
Michael Curtis .... electrician
Dennis Daigle .... electrician
Tara Dixit .... second assistant camera
Rick Dubeau .... grip (as Richard Dubeau)
Michael Gibson .... still photographer
Frank Hardin .... generator operator
Jeremy Jemec .... best boy electric
Sean Jensen .... camera operator
Terry Kelly .... gaffer
Don LeClair .... grip
Murray Mainprize .... generator operator
Hernan Morris .... videographer: electronic press kit
Rob Mountjoy .... first assistant camera
Rahul Parekh .... dolly grip
Geoff Pope .... grip (as Geoffrey Pope)
Loreen Ruddock .... electrician
Kristen Somborac .... grip
John Craig Steele .... best boy grip (as Craig Steele)
Allyn Terry .... electrician
Steve Winn .... grip
Sean Jensen .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Megan Conacher .... background casting
Jason Knight .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jozie Conte .... wardrobe assistant
Stacy Laliberte .... wardrobe set supervisor
Emily McHugh .... second assistant wardrobe
Crystal Silden .... assistant costume designer (as Crystal Olsen Silden)
Crystal Silden .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Pierre Cadieux .... telecine manager: Technicolor Creative Services
Louis Casado .... color timer: Technicolor Creative Services (as Lou Casado)
Michael Dobroski .... dailies colorist: Technicolor Creative Services (as Mike Dobroski)
Rob Gyorgy .... on-line editor: Technicolor Creative Services
Jeff Hannaford .... client services lab: Technicolor Creative Services
Chuck Kahn .... first assistant editor
Mark Kueper .... tape-to-tape colorist: Technicolor Creative Services
Mark Olexiuk .... assistant colorist: dailies, Technicolor Creative Services
Winston Phillips .... client services lab: Technicolor Creative Services
Brian Reid .... packager: Technicolor Creative Services
Trevor Risbridger .... on-line editor: Technicolor Creative Services
Location Management
Glenn Brooks .... location assistant
Gordon Brooks .... location assistant (as Gord Brooks)
Quincy Morgan .... location scout
Randy Morgan .... assistant location manager
Jeff Nelson .... location manager
Music Department
Michael Banton-Jones .... score mixing engineer
Jonathan Goldsmith .... musician: guitars, keyboards, programming
Tricia Holloway .... music consultant
George Koller .... musician: bass
Hugh Marsh .... musician: violin
Transportation Department
Helen Bone .... driver
Martin Boon .... driver
Sean Bryan .... daily driver
Alan Cairns .... daily driver
John Carr .... daily driver
Paul Davies .... driver
Artur Forst .... driver
Keith Geobey .... daily driver (as Keith Gobey)
Patrick McKenna .... daily driver
David McLaren .... transportation captain
Dave Mead .... operator: honeywagon
George Mirosznik .... driver
Barry Moyer .... head driver
David Murray .... daily driver
Paul Prucha .... driver
Dave Puddister .... daily driver (as David Puddister)
Jerry Skavinsky .... transportation coordinator
Chris Taylor .... daily driver
Bill Wilson .... daily driver
Other crew
Cynthia Amsden .... unit publicist
Jeff Arp .... production assistant
Ernest Ashford .... location support trainee
Chris Besseling .... uk marketing executive: metrodome
Brenda Blake .... production lawyer
Ralph Bruzzese .... location and transportation security
James Burton .... craft service
Grace Carnale-Davis .... sales executive: Technicolor Creative Services
Lorraine Clark .... electronic press kit producer
Donna Croce .... script supervisor
Heather K. Dahlstrom .... production assistant (as Heather Dahlstrom)
Lindy Davies .... performance consultant
Colin Davis .... vice president: film operations, Technicolor Creative Services
Greg Dunfield .... operations manager: Technicolor Creative Services
Mike Ellis .... vice president: digital film, Technicolor Creative Services
Andrew Finch .... location support trainee
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Doug Gillespie .... production accountant
Ed Goldin .... first general accountant
Raymond Gourlay .... location support trainee
Jerry Greben .... stand-in
Indira Guha .... business and legal affairs: Telefilm Canada
Rhonda Hall .... stand-in
Jeff Hannaford .... client services: Technicolor Creative Services
Tim Haslam .... International sales
Marni Hogg .... ski double
Bill Hong .... operator: camera car/insert car
Sonia Hosko .... assistant: Sarah Polley
Ed Johnson .... ski double
Liise Keeling .... ski coach
Jacque Larcenaire .... location support trainee
Kelly Lee .... on-set medic
Stephanie Markowitz .... assistant to producers
Wayne Pells .... script supervisor
Jules Pereira .... assistant production coordinator (as Julie Pereira)
Lisa Perone .... production coordinator
Steena Petersen .... craft service (as Stine Petersen)
Steena Petersen .... craft service
Winston Phillips .... client services: Technicolor Creative Services
Diane Pitblado .... dialect coach
Eli Schwanz .... assistant to producers
Michael Tuttie .... location support trainee
Hsing-Min Wen .... location support trainee
Symone Wen .... location support trainee
Brian White .... client services manager: Technicolor Creative Services
Richard Wilcox .... location support trainee
Ray Young .... craft service
Jonathan Ahee .... special thanks
Chris Andrews .... special thanks
Stewart Aziz .... special thanks
Boyd Banks .... special thanks
Erica Benson .... special thanks
Dennis Berardi .... special thanks
Kathy Broderick .... special thanks
Celia Chassels .... special thanks
Tony Cianciatta .... special thanks
Lorraine Clark .... special thanks
Wayne Clarkson .... special thanks
Andrew Cullen .... special thanks
Joel Darling .... special thanks
Brian De Palma .... special thanks
Marina di Pancrazio .... special thanks
Andrew Eddy .... special thanks
Bernie Finkelstein .... special thanks (as Bernie Finklestein)
Don Forsyth .... special thanks
Mary Forsyth .... special thanks
Frank Frattaroli .... special thanks
John Galway .... special thanks
Marcy Gerstein .... special thanks
Shelley Gillen .... special thanks
Cam Gordon .... special thanks
Ron Haney .... special thanks
Martin Harbury .... special thanks
David Hardy .... special thanks
Tim Haslam .... special thanks
Hannah Hempstead .... special thanks
Brooke Johnson .... special thanks
John Labraico .... special thanks
Martin Levin .... special thanks
Billy Lieberman .... special thanks
Doug Liman .... special thanks
Kerri Locke .... special thanks
Dan Lyon .... special thanks
Al Maciulis .... special thanks
Anne MacKenzie .... special thanks
Eliza Macmillan .... special thanks
Michelle Marion .... special thanks
Silvana Marsella .... special thanks
Gabriella Martinelli .... special thanks
Melissa Minshall .... special thanks (as Melissa Minshall and the County of Brant)
Gaby Morgerman .... special thanks
Michael Ondaatje .... special thanks
Rick Perotto .... special thanks
Tim Robbins .... special thanks
Rena Ronson .... special thanks
Thorsten Schumacher .... special thanks (as Thorston Schumacher)
Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy .... thanks
Robin Smith .... special thanks
Tim Story .... special thanks
Catherine Stuart .... special thanks
Robert Varga .... special thanks
Clement Virgo .... special thanks
Alex Walton .... special thanks
James Weyman .... special thanks
Marnie Wharnsby .... special thanks
Robert Young .... special thanks
Eda Zimler .... special thanks
Donna Zuchlinski .... special thanks

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Additional Details

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language
110 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Chile:14 | Germany:0 | Netherlands:6 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | South Korea:12 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13

Did You Know?

'Sarah Polley' adapted the short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain" specifically for Julie Christie.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 Anderson:[reading to Fiona from, "Letters From Iceland" by; W.H. Auden] Isn't it true however far we've wandered into our provinces of persecution, where our regrets accuse, we keep returning back to the common faith from which we've all dissented, back to the hands, the feet, the faces? Children are always there and take the hands...See more »
Prelude in C, from 'Das Wohltemperierte Clavier', Book One (BWV 846)See more »


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39 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Give me a break -- this is one of the most unrealistic films I have ever seen!, 17 February 2008
Author: gopads08 from United States

Because the reviews of this film have been so overwhelmingly positive, I was reluctant to post a comment, but after reading others' raves I can only conclude that none of these people has had any serious, first-hand experience with Alzheimer's Disease.

My mother has suffered from Alzheimer's for 14 horrible years, and my mother-in-law had it for about that long before passing away. In both cases, I watched as the disease progressed from early warning signs to the near-total dementia that necessitated admission to a facility; I admitted my mom just a few months ago. To say that I have a lot of first-hand knowledge and experience as a caregiver and as a witness to the ravages of Alzheimer's is an understatement. Therefore, I have to say that I found this film so unrealistic that my husband and I were shaking our heads through much of the poorly written dialogue and actually LAUGHING out loud many times at things that definitely were not intended to be funny.

Everyone is heaping kudos on 27-year-old writer/director Polley, but I found her inexperience and naivete regarding the subject matter glaringly obvious. Julie Christie's character was WAY too self-aware -- nobody with Alzheimer's would say many of the things she did, nor would they willingly be skipping off to an Assisted Living facility/nursing home when there is no apparent need for her to go there for some time, perhaps years.

And speaking of the facility, I have toured a lot of them, and I can promise you the scenes depicted in this film are not the norm. Never is the always-at-the-ready Executive Director there at the door to greet you and take you to your loved one. You're lucky if you get a "hello" grumbled in your general direction -- that is, if they have any idea who you are or who your loved one is. And the head nurse/caregiver who seems to have all the time in the world to sit and chat -- and most unbelievably, to pass judgment on the husband for past indiscretions that she's somehow gleaned from his cryptic comments -- is completely absurd. It's unusual to find a caregiver who speaks English, much less one who could be a psychologist/marriage counselor in her nonexistent spare time.

I really, honestly wanted to like this film and I absolutely love Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis, but I was so very disappointed. And while I can't imagine Julie Christie winning an Oscar for a role that is so poorly conceived and written, I would give one to the makeup/hair stylist. I have never seen anyone with Alzheimer's look one-millionth as good as she did, and that flight of fancy alone is worthy of some serious Academy love.

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