Saturday, April 28, 2007

Away From Her - Film

I hadn't heard of this film until I was looking online at what to go and see today. The blurb looked interesting on the cineworld website so I thought why not? "Married for 50 years, Grant and Fiona's commitment to each other appears unwavering. This serenity is broken only by the occasional reference to the past, giving a sense that this marriage may not always have been such a fairy tale. This tendency of Fiona's to make such references creates a tension that is usually brushed off by both of them. But as the lapses become more obvious and dramatic, it is no longer possible for them to ignore the fact that Fiona is suffering from Alzheimer's disease."

It doesn't really do the film justice. Julie Christie plays Fiona and Gordon Pinsent plays her husband Grant and are both fantastic in their roles. Grant is the devoted husband as his wife starts to slip further and further from him as the Alzheimer's she suffers from worsens and she forgets who he is to her. He struggles to give her what she needs to keep her happy, despite the hurt it causes him. Part of it seems to be guilt from an event in their past that Fiona mentions occassionally.

This was a really touching and sad film which looks at how people with Alzheimer's are cared for, the other people in their lives that it effects and taking them away from their family to be looked after. Worth seeing but maybe wait until it comes out on dvd and rent it.

*** out of 5