Beautiful and sad

April 17, 2009 at 8:53 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , )

I’ve spent most of the last hour crying like a baby.  I’ve finally watched “Away from Her”, a movie based on “The Bear Came Over the Mountain”, a  short story by Alice Munro.  (One of my favorite authors, BTW)  Written and directed by Sarah Polley, this movie was so lovely and so heart-breaking.  The central relationship is pure Munro: passionate and profane, flawed and hopeful.  Starring a luminous Julie Christie and craggy Gordon Pinsent it is a beautiful, aching portrait of love lost to misfortune, and the idea that seeing the one you love happy is worth any personal pain.    I’m not sure that I’ve ever loved anyone that much, nor have been loved that way myself.  Watch it if you get the opportunity-but have tissues nearby.

Link to the short story: The Bear Came Over the Mountain

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