“Away From Her” Will Become a Canadian Classic

Away From Her is a quiet movie about a couple dealing with Alzheimer’s disease — and it’s not depressing or melodramatic. The understated but perfectly nuanced performances from Gordon Pinsent and Julie Christie, together with Sarah Polley‘s subtle direction, deliver an emotional punch without being overtly manipulative or insulting to the audience‚Äôs intelligence. It feels real. It’s one of the best movies to come out of Canada in years.