In keeping with my plan to analyse every Canadian movie to win a best picture award at the Canadian Screen Awards since 2000 I have added Away from Her (2006) to my growing pile of analysed movies. The screenplay behind this moving drama was written by Sarah Polley and Alice Munro based on one of Munro's short stories. Sarah Polley also directed it. Away from Her is refreshing in that women are shown doing more than drinking, partying, attempting to look sexy and having sex. Julie Christie is shown cross-country skiing in several scenes. She also reads aloud to her husband--rare occurrences in Movieland indeed. I enjoyed this one much more than most of the movies I analyse. Away from Her scores better on the Bechdel test than many movies, but it was still disappointing to see so few interactions between women. At least here sexualization was not an issue, which was nice for a change.
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