Away from Her is a 2006 Canadian drama film written and directed by Sarah Polley and starring Gordon Pinsent, Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis. The feature-length directorial debut of Polley, the film is based on Alice Munro’s short story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain”, from the 2001 collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage. Executive produced by Atom Egoyan and shot in Ontario, it debuted at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.
The story centers on a couple whose marriage is tested when Christie’s character begins to suffer from Alzheimer’s and moves into a nursing home, where she loses virtually all memory of her husband and begins to develop a close relationship with another nursing home resident. The cast also includes Michael Murphy, Wendy Crewson, Alberta Watson, Lili Francks and Kristen Thomson. It was nominated for two Academy Awards, Christie for Best Actress and Polley for Best Adapted Screenplay. It also won seven Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture. (Wikipedia)