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                                                                                                                                                                                          THE TEN BEST FILMS OF

Away   f rom    Her

Lions Gate Films

Directed by Sarah Polley

Released in the U.S. and Canada on May 4, 2007

Summary written by Omar P.L. Moore

Sarah Polley gave us the beautiful "Away From Her", the most confidently directed film of 2007.  A first-time effort from the actor, Ms. Polley's screen adaptation of Alice Munro's short story The Bear Came Over The Mountain is an absolute gem -- a mature love story that ages like fine wine, and without the kinds of surprises that films try to force upon their audiences.  Polley's talents as a director are strong as she captures the story of a 45-year marriage suddenly tested by the onset of Altzheimer's in Fiona (an excellent Julie Christie performance), whose behavior estranges Grant (a very good Gordon Pinsent), the husband she has loved for nearly all of her adult life.  The film's pace is moderate, calm and gentle, the kind of easygoing speed that slowly but surely absorbs you in its magic and beauty.  Cinematographer Luc Montpellier etches our minds with his superbly crafted images evoking a time, place and yesteryear both tender and even sad, and the story is one that all adults, those jaded by the blockbuster film and the shoot-'em-up flick -- will really love and adore.  "Away From Her" is honest, straightforward and never pretentious.  The film just tells its story and does it very well -- and Ms. Polley (memorable as an actor in such films as Atom Egoyan's "The Sweet Hereafter") delivers as does her cast, which includes Olympia Dukakis who is likely to be Oscar-nominated in a supporting role as Marian.  "Away From Her" is a great love story and for everyone -- especially those in their golden years of life.  (Mr. Egoyan is one of the executive producers of "Away".)

Significant line of the film: "I think I may be beginning to disappear"  (Spoken by Fiona)

Film length: One hour and 50 minutes

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