Sunday, May 20, 2007

Away From Her

Alzheimer's is a cruel disease. It effects the entire family. In Away From Her, a woman assists her husband in choosing where she will spend her last days, as it becomes apparent she has the disease, and is deteriorating. Once in a facility, Fiona gets to the point where she cannot recall her husband, but develops a relationship with one of the gentlemen at the home. As difficult as this is for the husband, he is respectful of the disease, and works hard to be understanding while coping with his own emotions. This is a multi-layered story with great emotional depth. Julie Christie is amazing in her performance as Fiona. A realistic, warm look at aging, marriage, elder care and love.