To be honest, I probably am more likely to tear up in a movie then my wife. Last year I talked about the movies that have made me cry the most. But, while my eyes remained relatively dry, I've never seen my wife cry so much as when we recently watched Away from Her.
In this film the story of a woman having Alzheimer's, being sent to an assisted care facility, forgetting her past, including her husband, and finding companionship with a male Alzheimer's patient makes for an emotionally draining tale. And while the story is compelling, writer/director Sarah Polley is not so much concerned with plot, but with characters and emotions. And Oscar winner Julie Christie does a remarkable job playing Fiona.
With award season, big films, and precursors months away I hope that Academy Awards voters remember this film and Julie Christie's performance for best actress contention, because it is certainly nominatable, moving, and powerful.
Plus, I think this film is an important film to open up discussions on Alzheimer's, as well as how children, spouses, and families deal with this real disease and its symptoms.
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