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Away From Her

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Tookey's Rating
4 /10
Average Rating
7.91 /10
Fiona Anderson - Julie Christie , Grant Anderson - Gordon Pinsent
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Directed by: Sarah Polley
Written by: Sarah Polley, based on Alice Munro’s short story The Bear Came Over The Mountain

Released: 2006
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: Canada
Colour: C
Length: 109

Forgettable picture about Alzheimer’s.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Sarah Polley is one of Canada’s most intelligent young actresses, but her first film as writer-director is far from an unqualified triumph.

It’s about a middle-aged woman (Julie Christie, pictured left) who is having to be institutionalised because of Alzheimer’s. Although Christie is excellent, the part offers only a rather pious, sentimentalised view of the affliction, from which my own mother suffered over many years.

The film doesn’t contain much incident and is much less psychologically interesting than Iris, which covered similar territory.

Away From Her suffers from a plodding pace and an inadequate performance from Gordon Pinsent (pictured right), far too muted, flat and opaque as the husband. And Polley’s attempt to weave in a couple of extra-marital love affairs are half-baked.

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