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“Away From Her”

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Sarah Polley

Language: English

Sarah Polley, aged just 29, displays amazing maturity with her debut feature about a couple whose marriage is turned upside down when Fiona (Julie Christie), the wife, is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She enters a nursing home where her memory of her life with husband Grant (Gordon Pinset) fades and she falls in love with a patient. Deprived of weepy sentiments, the film observes the couple’s emotions, which the actors brilliantly convey through subtle facial expressions. It’s piercingly sad, tender and touching.