Filmmaker Atom Egoyan
-- a longtime onscreen collaborator with the gifted young actress Sarah Polley (The Sweet Hereafter
) -- executive-produced Polley's directorial debut, Away from Her
, starring Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis
, Michael Murphy
, and Wendy Crewson
. Adapted by Polley from a short story by Alice Munro, this small-scaled two-character drama concerns Grant (Gordon Pinsent
) and Fiona (Christie), a long-married couple, well into their golden years, who are much in love and connected to one another on every level. "Soul mates" in the purest sense of the term, the two feel a sense of ease and tranquility in their rural home. But when Fiona's memory begins to slip away and she insists on being taken to a rest home, the decision stirs up torrents of guilt and regret in Grant's heart. The rules of the center only complicate matters, as they forbid visitation and communication with Fiona for an interminable period of time. He determines to support his wife at all costs, even if must happen at the expense of his own peace of mind.