Imagine that you've been happily married for over 40 years, and then your loved one is stricken with Alzheimer's. You both agree that your partner should go to a nursing home. The twist: you are not allowed to visit your memory loss-suffering loved one for 30 days, so they can adjust to their new surroundings. I'm sure you can guess what happens -- when the month is up, you head to the home and your long-term love doesn't recognize you. To add insult to injury, they've fallen for someone else.
That's the premise of Sarah Polley's directorial debut, Away From Her, for which Kim Voynar shared the poster in March. Now Cinematical has an exclusive clip of the film, courtesy of Lionsgate. I would suggest first checking out the film's website and trailer (warning: some embedded music in the beginning can't be turned off). While it might just be the saddest trailer that I've ever seen, it really gives some context to the scene above. Julie Christie plays Fiona, the woman suffering from Alzheimer's; Gordon Pinsent plays Grant, her husband; and Michael Murphy plays Aubrey, her new love. In the clip, Fiona and Grant are in the office of Dr. Fischer (Alberta Watson), and the doctor is asking a series of simple questions -- some which she can answer, and some of which elude her. If the trailer and this clip are any indication, you best prepare for a heart-wrenching ride.
Away From Her will head into limited release on May 4.