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I saw Away From Her last night and I must say I was a little disappointed. I was anxious to see it because it’s adapted from a short story ("The Bear Came Over the Mountain") by my favourite living writer, Alice Munro. Plus, I love Sarah Polley, who adapted it and directed.
I’m not sure exactly why I didn’t like it. For one, it was not subtle. The Canadiana was a little heavy handed (references to Ondaatje, Alistair Macleod, Neil Young, snark about American blockbusters—did I miss any?) Also, it was slightly saccharine (was it necessary to repeat the line, “you could have forsaken me”).
On the positive side, Gordon Pinsent and Julie Christie are incredible as Grant and Fiona. I did like the film’s attention to the sexuality of mature adults (something you don’t see often). It was a decent film, I think I just expected too much.
Munro hasn’t said much about it (as far as I’m aware). Did anyone hear anything about her reaction to the film?
We finally saw An Inconvenient Truth the other night. I was blown away. It is highly effective. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend that you do.
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