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Away From Her in September

Metrodome have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Away From Her on 17th September 2007 priced at £15.99. Written and directed by Sarah Polley (star of the Dawn of the Dead remake) Away From Her is the lyrical screenplay adaptation of celebrated author Alice Munro’s short story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain”. Julie Christie stars in this love story that deals with memory and the circuitous, unnamable 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 what is happening. Grant, forced to confront his own anguish, embarks on the greatest act of self-sacrifice of his life as a means to attaining his wife’s final happiness.

Extras include commentary with Julie Christie.

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