Thursday, July 26, 2007

Away from Her (2006)


Talented actress Sarah Polley's first feature as director, charting Julie Christie's gradual succumbing to Alzheimer's as well as its ramifications on her 44-year marriage to Gordon Pinsent, is treading on Hallmark waters, though it's much more nutritious than its synopsis would suggest. Much of the crafting is basic, almost prosaic (the arbitrary, soulless flashbacks in particular), yet rather than telemovie-triteness, it contributes towards a sense of intimacy, placing the focus as it does squarely on the warm and weathered characters. The dialogue is rich and literate, providing for a terrific showcase for the ever-graceful Christie, though in the less showy but more layered role of the supportive husband, Pinsent is just as impressive.


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