Away from Her script
Away from Her (2006)
Synopsis: Away from Her is a 2006 Canadian drama film written and directed by Sarah Polley and starring Gordon Pinsent, Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis. The feature-length directorial debut of Polley, the film is based on Alice Munro's short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain", from the 2001 collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage. It was executive produced by Atom Egoyan (Polley's director in both Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter) and distributed by Lionsgate. It debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and also played in the Premier category at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

He stays still. She scuffs his hair on the way out the door.


Alright then. You do it.

He smiles. Continues her work at the stove. We hear the

television come on. A news segment about an election.


They eat a good looking dinner. Not labour intensive but

carefully made.


Then they showed this totally

irrelevant clip of him running.

Apparently he likes to run when

he’s canvassing.


It must have had some context.

She takes a sip of wine. He laughs.


It didn’t. And he runs like a



Oh and you’re such a hockey fan.

Show me how a goalie runs.

FIONA acts out a goalie running, laughing her head off. She

sits back down.


Oh, It’s too sad. He wants to be a

good samaritan in the most boring

possible way.

Grant laughs. A pause and then they both start giggling

again. She looks at his clothes.


Don’t you have another shirt?



FIONA and GRANT clean the kitchen together. A warm quiet

between them. Grant steals tender glances at her as he does

the dishes and she dries them. It’s as though he is watching

for something. She goes about putting the dishes away,

oblivious to his eyes on her. This goes on for a while. We

watch them work in silence, she puts the dishes in the

cupboards. He hands her a frying pan. She stares at it for a

moment. She opens the freezer and puts it inside. As he hears

the freezer door open, he turns to look at her. She looks

back at him,oblivious. She goes back to putting the dishes

away in their proper places. He smiles at her. When the last

dish is put away she leaves the room, feeling like she’s

missing something.


I’ll go make the fire.

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Sarah Polley

Sarah Ellen Polley OC (born January 8, 1979) is a Canadian actress, writer, director and political activist. Polley first garnered attention for her role as Sara Stanley in the Canadian television series Road to Avonlea. She has starred in many feature films, including Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Guinevere, Go, The Weight of Water, My Life Without Me, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Dawn of the Dead, Splice, and Mr. Nobody. more…

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