Based on Alice Munro’s short story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain,” this moving film tells the story of Fiona (Christie) and Grant (Pinsent), a couple who have been married for over 40 years. As Fiona’s “forgetfulness” grows worse, the couple are forced to come to terms with the fact that it is actually Alzheimer’s, and she is placed in a new nursing home.
At the end of the difficult 30-day “no visitor” policy, Grant comes to visit Fiona, except there are some wrinkles: Fiona remembers little of the life they shared, and has found a new partner in the home. Beginning a journey that will test the bond they’ve shared for decades, Grant must draw upon his deep love for Fiona in order to adjust to this reality, and help ensure her continued happiness and support.
An enduring love story with a powerful message about friendship, generosity and devotion, Away From Her was nominated for two Oscars and won over 39 other awards. It won seven Genies, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, among others.
STAFF PICK: "Away from Her is a marvelous, confident first effort that foregrounds underserved narratives about the elderly." —Josh
Daniel Iron, Simone Urdl, Doug Mankoff, Atom Egoyan, Jennifer Weiss
Kristen Thomson, Michael Murphy, Olympia Dukakis, Gordon Pinsent, Julie Christie
English, Dubbed in French
Away From Her was filmed and set in Ontario. Sarah Polley is from Ontario.