Away from her

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Based on the short story "The bear came over the mountain" by Alice Munro.

Originally released as a motion picutre in 2006.

Gordon Pinsent, Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Deanna Dezmari, Clare Coulter, Thomas Hauff, Alberta Watson.

Fiona and Grant are an Ontario couple who have been married for over 40 years. During the twilight of their years, Grant is forced to face the fact that Fiona's 'forgetfulness' actually is Alzheimer's. After Fiona wanders away and is found, the decision is made for her to go into a nursing home. For the first time in their relationship, they are forced to undergo a separation since this is the nursing home 'no-vistors,' first 30 days policy of a patient's stay. When Grant visits Fiona after the orientation period, he is devastated to find out that not only has she seemingly forgotten him, but she has transferred her affections to another man. As the distance between husband and wife grows, Grant must draw upon his love for Fiona to perform an act of self-sacrifice in order to ensure her happiness.

DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.

Contents: Bear came over the mountain.

Community Reviews

away from her

such a sad movie to watch about alzheimers

Pinsent's Problem

A fine movie with an emphasis different from that in the Alice Munro story "the Bear Came over the Mountain" from which much of the dialog is faithfully reproduced in the film.

The long short story emphasizes the husband's ruminations of guilt at length, the movie obscurely refers to them.

As an introduction for those of us needing it the movie is Alzheimer's Light and probably fairly reflects one of the degrees the disease manifests.
It is useful as such and can serve as indication of what an increasing percentage of us may go through, or already is experiencing.

I watched it twice then read the story and watched it again. Each time was rewarding by degree and in kind and together present reality
better than either does alone.

Julie Christy and Gordon Pinsent are sublime and Olivia Dukakis delivers her usual fine performance as do all the cast members.

Anyone dealing with Dementia or wondering what it is like can benefit from viewing and reading the story.

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