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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.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 62 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Grant Anderson
Stacey LaBerge ... Young Fiona
... Fiona Anderson
... Marian
Deanna Dezmari ... Veronica
... Phoebe Hart
... William Hart
... Dr. Fischer
... Nurse Betty
Lili Francks ... Theresa
... Liam
... Madeleine Montpellier
Judy Sinclair ... Mrs. Albright
Tom Harvey ... Michael
Carolyn Hetherington ... Eliza
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Storyline

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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The ultimate love story See more »

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Drama

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

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25 May 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lejos de ella  »

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Budget:

CAD 4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,267, 6 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,571,521, 19 July 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,674,385
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Sarah Polley first came across Alice Munro's story when she read it on a flight back from Iceland where she'd been filming Hal Hartley's No Such Thing (2001). Having just worked with Julie Christie, Polley couldn't help but envision the main part of Fiona with Christie playing her. See more »

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The misspelling of Fiona's name by Fiona herself is a typical and revealing error made by Alzheimer's patients. Coming as it does just after Grant has tried to use the episode of her remembering the recent walk in the park and finding the skunk lilies as a means of continuing his denial, the misspelling brings home to him the futility of his resistance to the truth about her condition. See more »

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Fiona: I think I may be beginning to disappear.
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Referenced in Mon clown (2008) See more »

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Missing You
Music & Lyrics by Pam Armstrong
Performed by The Strap-Ons
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So Moving and the Director is so young - Is the AMPAS bunch watching this ?
17 January 2007 | by 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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