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Title: Introduction to Away from Her
Authors: Casal, Teresa, 1964-
Keywords: Sarah Polley
Away from Her
Alice Munro
Canadian cinema
Alzheimer’s disease
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa
Citation: Revista Anglo Saxonica, Série III, Nº2. Lisboa: 2011. Pp. 133-139
Abstract: Brief introduction to the screening of Sarah Polley’s award-winning film Away from Her (2007), an adaptation of Alice Munro’s short story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain”, originally published in The New Yorker (27 Dec. 1999). Described by Sarah Polley as “perhaps not the greatest love story I’d read, but the only love story I’d read,” Munro’s story focuses on Grant and Fiona, who married in their youth because he “never wanted to be away from her”, had no children, endured some betrayals, and now face Fiona’s rapid degeneration due to Alzheimer’s. Aware that this is an irretrievable process, Fiona chooses to move to a nursing home, while both story and film ask Grant and us to contemplate the multiple implications of “being away” from someone, and present us with the ultimate challenge of honouring life in the face of death, our own or another’s.
Peer review: yes
ISSN: 0873-0628
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Appears in Collections:CEAUL/ULICES - AS - Série III - nº 2 - 2011

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