One of my favorite films from the last year, Sarah Polley's Away from Her, has a spandy-new poster (above) as it gears up for its May 4 release date. Away from Her tells the tale of Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona (Julie Christie), married for 40 years when Fiona starts to lose her memory to early-onset Alzheimer's. Fiona insists on moving into a home for the "memory-impaired," and the home they choose requires that Grant not visit for the first 30 days to give Fiona time to adjust. By the time he's able to see Fiona again, she's forgotten who he is, and has developed an attachment to Aubrey (Michael Murphy), another patient at the facility.
The script is original and well-written, the acting superb, and the direction truly spectacular, especially considering this is Ms. Polley's first foray into helming a film. Watching this film, I couldn't help but think ... "Wow, if this is what she's capable of her first time out, I can't wait to see what she does in the future."
If you're in the Dallas/Forth Worth area (or close enough to drive there), you don't have to wait until May to see this film -- it's playing the AFI Dallas International Film Festival on Saturday, March 31, and rumor has it Polley will be there.