Away from Her

2006 PG-13 1h 50m DVD

Away from Her

2006 PG-13 1h 50m DVD
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Grant (Gordon Pinsent) plunges into an emotional abyss after moving his Alzheimer's-stricken wife (Julie Christie) to a nursing facility and keeping his distance for her benefit. When she turns her affections toward another man, waves of guilt for past behavior pass over Grant. Christie earned an Oscar nomination for portraying the fading yet graceful Fiona in this astute and solemn tale written and directed by Sarah Polley.
Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy, Kristen Thomson, Alberta Watson, Stacey LaBerge, Deanna Dezmari, Wendy Crewson, Thomas Hauff
Sarah Polley
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that although this affecting drama probably isn't too much for young teens in terms of sex, language, and violence, it does touch on adult issues such as infidelity, tackling these topics with a sense of refinement and sensitivity. Watching how Alzheimer's progresses can also be wrenching, and teens may need some guidance to process it all.

Sexual Content

A husband and wife have sex, but it's only hinted at. Some kissing.


None, save for emotional warfare.


Fairly mild, except for a few surprising -- though salient -- moments when "f--k" (and a derivative, "clusterf--k") is used.

Social Behavior

Allusions to infidelity as well as actual infidelity, though it's put into context. Some condescending behavior toward the sick on the part of an administrator at the assisted-living facility.


Some mentions of book titles and authors.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One character smokes. Wine is served during a dinner (and actually plays an important role in the plot).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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