AWAY FROM HER – A MOVIE & DISCUSSION ON ALZHEIMER ILLNESS — Collaborated with MV Center for LivingCanada | 2007 | 110 mins | Not Rated | Drama
Sunday April 13, 2014
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$25 General Admission, $20 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy, and Wendy Crewson
This is a benefit for MV Center for Living.
The pre-movie event will include wine, hors d’oeuvres catered by Quitsa Cuisine, and mini-desserts by The Black Dog Bakery and The Scottish Bakehouse, at 3 pm, prior to the showing of the film AWAY FROM HER.
Following the movie there will be a Q&A with Facilitator and MV Center for Living Board President Karen Achille, MV Center for Living Executive Director Leslie Clapp, Supportive Day Program Supervisor, Eileen Murphy, and Windemere Alzheimer’s Unit Senior Staff Mary Holmes.
Filmmaker Atom Egoyan — a longtime onscreen collaborator with the gifted young actress Sarah Polley (The Sweet Hereafter) — executive-produced Polley’s directorial debut, AWAY FROM HER.
Adapted by Polley from a short story by Alice Munro, this small-scaled two-character drama concerns Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona (Julie Christie), a long-married couple, well into their golden years, who are much in love and connected to one another on every level. “Soul mates” in the purest sense of the term, the two feel a sense of ease and tranquility in their rural home. But when Fiona’s memory begins to slip away and she insists on being taken to a rest home, the decision stirs up torrents of guilt and regret in Grant’s heart. The rules of the center only complicate matters, as they forbid visitation and communication with Fiona for an interminable period of time. He determines to support his wife at all costs, even if must happen at the expense of his own peace of mind.
"In a refreshingly direct, unassuming manner, Away From Her considers two great human mysteries: the persistence of love and the workings of the brain."
-- A.O. Scott, New York Times
"A straightforward but engrossing drama about what love is worth when memory is gone."
-- Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Away From Her isn't just a portrait of Alzheimer's. For a generation that doesn't have a lot of marital role models, it's also a lyrical portrait of what it means to stick with a person for the long run. There are no easy answers."
--Paige Wiser, Chicago Sun-Times