It was only fitting that I was on an Air Canada flight to Montreal when I finally saw the film Away From Her. It's a lyrical screenplay adaptation by Sarah Polley of celebrated Canadian author Alice Munro's short story The Bear Came Over the Mountain. Here's a synopsis of the film:
Away From Her is a beautifully moving love story that deals with memory and the circuitous, unnameable paths of a long marriage. Married for 50 years, Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona’s (Julie Christie) commitment to each other appears unwavering, and their everyday life is full of tenderness and humour. This serenity is broken only by the occasional, carefully restrained 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, along with her increasingly evident memory loss, creates a tension that is usually brushed off casually by both of them. As the lapses become more obvious and dramatic, it is no longer possible for either of them to ignore the fact that Fiona is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent and the ever-lovely Julie Christie are outstanding, along with the wonderful Olympia Dukakis. The movie was filmed in Ontario in the communities of Hamilton, Kitchener, Lake of Bays and Paris.