Some people leap from frying pan into the fire. Fiona (Julie Christie) vaults from frying pan into freezer when she puts skillet into icebox, recognizing it as the onset of the Alzheimer's that will overwhelm her marriage of 44 years.
A remarkable character study from actress-turned-director Sarah Polley, Away From Her is a triumph for Christie, who like Helen Mirren and Diane Keaton, grows lovelier and more compelling with every performance.
But it's also a particular challenge for the animated actress as she is the vital presence who withers before us. (If Christie doesn't get an Oscar nomination, there is no justice). As Fiona gradually withdraws from the land of the sentient, her dancing eyes and that most expressive of faces look to be taken over by the Alzheimer's zombie occupying her body and disconnecting her from her husband, Grant.