Julie Christie looks wonderful!! I'll have to see this film. I lead a small English conversation group in our community and one of the participants' wife has Alzheimer...he does everything for her, who is still at home, and joining the English group is for the loving husband a little escape from the hard everyday life...I have learned a few things from him about this illness, I am sometimes afraid to ask. I'd love to hear more.
I haven't see this yet. It was filmed around the time that Gordon Pinsent's real wife died :(
You are right about Julie still looking wonderful. She has the most incredible smile.
I haven't see this film, yet. But I would like to see it soon. I like so much Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis, too. Thanks for sharing this review, Naomi!
Have a nice day!
I first saw Julie Christie in "Shampoo," and then later in "Heaven Can Wait." She has a combination of softness and strength that makes her interesting to watch.
This may be like Nicholas Sparks' "The Notebook," I think I bawled throughout the whole second half of the movie, but the message is powerful and I believe there is no higher love than that of a person who will take care of you and stand by you when you can offer him/her nothing in return.
You have to KNOW I'm adding this to my list at Netflix. No....not an easy subject, but one that needs to be brought out more into the open for ALL of us to be aware of.
It sounds like Christie forms an attachment to another resident at the nursing home. This sounds like the true life incident that I saw on the news a few weeks ago. Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's husband has Alzheimer's and is in a nursing home. She allowed the info on tv because she felt it was vitally important for people to be aware. HER husband has a new love in his life....Another woman where he resides. They both have Alzheimer's and are like teens in love. He doesn't know his wife anymore.
I SO ADMIRE O'Connor for understanding this disease and to put aside her ego. That is love.
Ah, this is a film I shall have to find! I too was reminded of 'The Notebook' when I read your review, but I would guess that this film is a little less 'happier' if that makes sense. Anyway, any excuse to see the wonderful Olympia Dukakis!
Thanks for letting us know about this film!!
Just this post made me sad I can only imagine how the movie would make me feel. I sobbed all through the night and some the next day after watching The Notebook. I am so afraid of Alzheimers. Martin's mother developed it later in life and lived in a nice assisted living center. He went to see her every single day that he was not out of town working or vacationing. She passed away in 2003.
I had heard about this film but kind of put it aside in my mind; so thanks for the reminder. Interestingly I just read that Sandra Day O'Connor is living this situation with her husband who has Alzheimer and has formed a relationship with a woman in his care facility. O'Connor's son said she goes there to visit and is friendly to the woman, gives love unconditionally to her husband without the bitterness that some would have in that kind of situation. Real love vs the stuff we often mistake for it.
It sounds moving, Naomi... Julie Chrsitie and Olympia D. together in a film is enough alone to make me go see it -- but the theme is important, and sad and a heartbreaking reality for some...
This film was fantastic and their performances were brilliant. I truly wept. A must see.
I remember reading about this, maybe back when it was at Sundance. It sounds like a good movie. You said it would not be up for an Oscar, is that because it's not going to be released to theaters? What a shame.
I haven't seen it BUT I love Olympia Dukakis ... her alone being in a film is usually enough to guarantee that I'll watch it!
Now that my friend is REVIEW!! She is a beautiful lady. I look forward to seeing this one.
I saw this when it was playing in the theater and yes, it is very moving movie. Your pictures of the actors and actress's are wonderful.
I want to see this film for sure! As a canadian, growing up as a child we loved Gorden Pinsent even way back then...he was so handsome and a regular on a series we used to watch when we were young..SO...a few yrs ago, my sister, working as the Proffesional Photographer that she is, had to cover a gala of sorts where there were the likes of many Canadian actors, such as Donald Sutherland , Gordon Pinsent among many others. Being totally proffesional, she went about her business untill she came to Mr. Pinsent...he seems so down to earth and gracious, she let down her professional side and leaned in and told him that she wanted to marry him when she was younger...He was so tickled by that, and they emediately got off on joking back and forth...through out the evening, anytime *Gordon say my sister he would yell, Hey Brigitte! Hows it going over there? or Are u doing ok? Having fun? She would alway answer something like...Doing good Gordon..how about you?...or Just great over here..Not getting into trouble now are you Gordon?...
She had a blast with him and was amazed how down to earth he was and fun.....It's so nice to see that someone admired since childhood can end up -pleasing us even more by being a genuinly nice person. ...I say this because more often then not, its not always the case..as my sister can atest.She has never been impressed by celebrity and has seen first hand how many are face to face...the exception to her rule was Gorden Pinsent and she adores him now more then she ever did lol......she has met and worked with many celebrities...(she is NOT a poparozi btw) she has covered events on the inside, and worked for the canadian primeminister for 2 yrs when Paul Martin was in power ..and now does freelance for numerous papers etc. As family, we get titbits of info about certain ppl that her life crosses paths with lol...ALWAYS fun to hear!
I coincidentally just saw this a couple of weeks ago--it's a beautiful movie. Julie Christie was very brave. The love depicted was amazing.
I'm glad you are bringing it to the attention of your audience.
i think you just sold me on watching this. i bawled through the Notebook, and this sounds similar enough that i will break out the klenex, just in case.
Duck's grandfather passed away in September, he had been ill with alzheimers (and some other issues related to aging) for several years. his was a tragic loss, and effected us all in very profound ways. so perhaps we might even find a little bit of healing in this movie. eh?
This film looks very touching, beautiful and emotional. I fear it is probably more emotion than I can handle right now so I won't watch it yet but I will remember it for the future. If it comes recommended from you then I know how good it must be! Even from the still pictures here I cna tell how 'deep' these performances are. Facial expressions say so much.
I planned on seeing this film regardless of your effusive and sensitive review. Do you write these reviews professionally? They flow out of you so smoothly, I wouldn't be suprised. Now, I wish I could see it right this instance!
What a lovely review. I will make it a "must see"...I believe that there are all forms of love and am happy when they are explored on screen.
Oh wow, I put this film on my Netflix awhile back and watched it a couple weeks ago. BLOWN AWAY!!! The acting and storyline are phenomenal! It's one of those quiet films that gets down deep inside you. The characters are so real and the acting is superb. It was a movie that made me feel, think and understand things that I'd only previously given a cursory thought to. I would highly recommend this film to people who really want to sink deep down into a story and really engage their hearts and minds with it.
Sounds lik an interesting film. I'll look out for that one. My Great Aunt Rose has Altziemers.
I just read another review for this recently, I am sure it will end up on our Rialto channel eventually, Julie Christie is even more beautiful now then she was when she was younger.
BTW I just posted something you might want to see if you have not seen it already.
Hi Naomi,it's been a while as I was having so much problem with my blog site.
I first met Julie Christie through watching Dr Schivago when younger. She looks just as stunning today.
Certainly I will try to source for this one you've recommended. Thank you and have a good day. Take care.
I like your choice of words in calling the film "devastatingly lovely." That lets me know that it is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.
Julie Christie really does look beautiful.
I remember her in Finding Neverland which is such a great movie.
Both my son and my hubby are in CA. They are going to see Van Halen in concert in Fresno on Thursday night, along with my dad. What fun those boys will have!!!!!
My son is EXCITED to put it mildly.
Alzheimer's is such an unfair disease. I'm not sure I'm up to watching a movie about it, though. (sigh)
What a great review Naomi. You make me want to watch this movie - I love stories like that - films that 'live' with you, love them. And such wonderful actors and a great storyline too by the sounds of it.
Thank you for sharing.
You never cease to amaze me in the wonderful items you share with all of us. I would not have known about this film had you not brought it to my attention. Sounds so powerful can't wait to see it!! Thanks so much.
I recently read a review of "The Savages" with Laura Linney and Phillip Seymour Hoffman and the reviewer said it was practically a companion piece to "Away from Her." I imagine you will like that one, too.
Michelle sent me back to say goodnight Aunty Em.
Naomi I shall definitely see this film. I have probably told you my younger brother - a really sweet man - developed Alzheimers in his fifties and lived in another world for years until he died within a few days of my mother's death. It is truly a dreadful disease and is a perpetual bereavement to the loved ones. Anything that educates people about this is to be welcomed but apart from that it will be a treat to see Julie and the other fine actors doing what they do so well. Thank you for telling us about it.
I adore both Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis, but am not sure if I could handle this film right now! My mother's mom passed away 2years ago and my 91 year old paternal grandmother, who lived next door to me and was like a second mom, is dying. Too, too painful. Maybe down the road?
I'm writing this down. I love when women like Julie let themselves age naturally. I suspect European women in general are not so caught up in plastic surgery as women here. And they all look better for it!
Did you see "Iris?" Similar topic...wonderful film with Dame Judy.... oops hope it's just a normal memory lapse ...forgot her name.
Is it Dench? See, I'm okay just a little slow with names.
This sounds like a lovely film Naomi, and about a subject that seems to be on the increase sadly. Thanks for the wonderful review!!
Michele sent me back your way, my dear. I thought of you today anyways while watching the Bambi awards on German television :)
The film sounds great but I have to say there's plenty of drama and sadness in my life as it is. Julie Christie is still gorgeous after all these years. How old can she be now I wonder?
I've just realized as I came to visit you that I had responded to your comment on my blog last week but you may have not seen it, in which case I apologize. But in short it was just to tell you that the short story about the "Trailer trash" Thanksgiving was in no way autobiographical. But I took it as a big compliment that everyone seemed to think it was real when they read it (and then they saw my reply to you). Guess that makes a good actress as well as a good writer. :-)
Hope this finds you well. Michele and I say hello.
I rented this recently - what a touching film. A testament to love and to how we reinvent our marriages in the face of life's changes.
I have heard of this movie and I suppose I will have to watch it now...I loved Julie Christie in Finding Neverland and she is still looking pretty darn good. Olympia Dukakis is such a good actress...
I ordered a DVD today. I have long been a fan of Julie Christie and still watch my copies of "Afterglow" and "Dr Zhivago" again, enjoying them over and over..
Can't wait to see "Away From Her"
Somehow I don't think right now is a good time for me to see this movie... maybe a few years down the road.
This movie is exquisite in so many little ways, and so important. To come to terms with our grandparents and our parents someday suffering from this is one thing. To realize that it can happen to our peers and to us puts a real face on it and makes life even more precious. The love that flowed through that movie was palpable. The regret, the humanness, the acceptance - so, so beautiful. Thanks for reminding me of this gem :)
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