Tuesday, April 10, 2007

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The trailer that haunts me today

Surfing the web yesterday, I came across this trailer for Away From Her, a film directed by actress Sarah Polley:

I have no idea if the movie will be as good as this trailer (though it seems to have won a few festival awards). That said, it's been 24 hours and I can't shake this from my head.

The official blog wife thinks it's because I'm becoming a complete sap. This is indeed a possibility.

Click here to see a short interview with Polley about the film.

posted by Dan on 04.10.07 at 05:15 PM


This is all too real, and all too painful, and I have seen this close up professionally for decades.

My wife, a saint, cares for later stage Alz. patients who usually also have complex medical issues. It is a world most of us have never seen.

If you are lucky, your children will be raised before you deal with elderly parents. Makes it a little easier, but not that much.

posted by: save_the_rustbelt on 04.10.07 at 05:15 PM [permalink]

I have admired Sarah Polley as an actress ever since I saw her in The Sweet Hereafter. It doesn't surprise me that she could direct.

posted by: Randy Paul on 04.10.07 at 05:15 PM [permalink]

My mother has Alzheimer's Disease. She has lived with me for almost five years now. I have a live in caretaker to help with her. I think we are near the end - probably within a year or so. It is like combat - impossible for a person who has not been through it to truly understand it.

posted by: Martin on 04.10.07 at 05:15 PM [permalink]

This subject (marriages, Alzheimer's, old age) is fraught with such current pain and future worry that I think that I would have liked to have been warned as to the subject matter.

That said, it looks extraordinary.

posted by: Klug on 04.10.07 at 05:15 PM [permalink]

Ugh. Alzheimers is such a nasty disease. My grandmother had it, and at the end I was the only one she responded to--but because I looked exactly like my father when he was younger. Everyone else in the family she couldn't recognize at all, and me she thought was him. It was incredibly sad. And so hard on the people she couldn't remember.

posted by: Sebastian Holsclaw on 04.10.07 at 05:15 PM [permalink]

What does the unofficial blog wife think? Or are there also wives, catamites, etc. to be polled?

Quite separately, professor, will you please give us the option of a syndicated feed?

posted by: hanmeng on 04.10.07 at 05:15 PM [permalink]

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