Thursday, September 13, 2007

Away From Her

MUST-SEE: Away from Her is a beautiful story. Don't get me wrong, though, this film is tragically heartbreaking, but the story behind the heartbreak, or rather, about the heartbreak is so honestly told that one cannot help but be taken by its beauty. It's the story of a couple facing Alzheimer's. A husband's decision to admit his degenerative wife into a home for people with the disease becomes his fight to hold onto any part of her that might still recollect their history together. At first a bitter man, angry at having to watch his wife forget him and fall in love with another patient, Grant grows into a man who loves his wife so much he sacrifices his own happiness to bring her heart back. I won't ruin the ending, but as the film states of Alzheimer's, the memories come and go, one minute they are themselves, the next they don't know who you are. Grant struggles with his wife's coming and going, weighing his options for his own happiness ans sanity. A devoted husband to a phenomenal history of a marriage, Grant becomes a symbol of unconditional love in its purest form. It will break your heart slowly, but fully. It will remind you of life's unfair possibilities, and remind you that we are never promised tomorrow. See this film for an inspiration in love and self-discovery.

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