However big a treat it is to see Julie Christie — deep, sexy and full of feeling — hold the center of a film, writer-director Sarah Polley is the real star here. The actress, who adapted Alice Munro’s short story about a woman fading into Alzheimer’s and the husband (Gordon Pinsent) struggling to let her go, has produced a remarkably sophisticated piece about a subject that could lend itself to schmaltzy hanky-waving. EXTRAS What a shame, then, that Polley is absent from the feature commentary. Christie, charming and vaguely disinterested, picks up the slack. B+
Genre: Drama; Starring: Julie Christie, Gordon Pinset, Olympia Dukakis; Director: Sarah Polley; Author: Sarah Polley; Runtime (in minutes): 110; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Lions Gate Films
Posted September 7 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT
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