Oh. I knew this was going to be a tear jerker. Just knowing it was about the Alzheimer’s experience could make it a probable downer. Even the title conveys loss and heartache. And isn’t Julie Christie about the most beautiful woman ever?
I didn’t think Hub would want to watch this – he would rather watch a shootemup of some kind. Or comedy. So, I announced to him that I would be watching “AwayFromHerwithJulieChristieNominatedforBestActressItsAboutAlzheimersYouDon’t WantToSeeIt” first thing this morning.
After some really fun fishing adventure shows, Hub left the bed, put in the movie and I watched. I cried.
WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE.
I don’t know why the possibility of Alzheimer’s closing off my synapses and making me forget and slowing feeling myself disappear is a greater fear than satellites hurling themselves at my neighborhood, or space aliens invading or terrorists dropping by my next plan to be a part of some large crowd… I do believe that the loved ones who watch the Alzheimer’s ‘progress’ have to have the worst of it. I know I have long life genes. To run out of money while needing long term care is a worry. To live that long and not live; Ugh. I plan on taking up skydiving and then not paying attention to my parachute packing lesson. I swear, I don’t want to waste away and just lose it.
[My grandmother once gave me all her aluminum pans because she heard they would give her Alzheimer’s. Think about that.
What kind of gift and explanation is that!??!?!? Gee, thanks, Grandma.]
This was a wonderful love story, well acted, well paced. I’m assuming it has many elements of how a typical Alzheimer’s case might go. Julie is lovely. The courage! She was amazing. So was Grant played by Gordon Pinsent. A touching, heartrending film.
Well done, Sarah Polley.
And, I’m putting Letters From Iceland on my tbr list. What he read to her from this book was intriguing!