The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the Rehoboth Beach Public Library invite film enthusiasts to critique literary and cinematic storytelling. Every month Read a Movie participants will read in advance a little-known short story that provided the basis for a very well-known film. Then, on the second Wednesday of every month, beginning at 4:00 pm, participants will meet at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library to screen the film and share thoughts about how well—or not so well—the story was expanded to the big screen.

 

 

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Away from Her

Wednesday, December 10, 4:00 pm
Location: Upstairs at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library
Admission: Admission to this film series is free and open to the public.

This film is based on Alice Monro’s 1999 short story, “The Bear Came Over the Mountain.” Fiona and Grant (Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent) have been married for almost 50 years, most of them happy ones. We see their everyday commitment to each other broken only by a few references to the past, giving us the sense that their marriage hasn’t always been perfect. Their easy retirement is shattered by Fiona’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and when she becomes a risk to herself, she checks into a nearby nursing home. Now Grant must not only cope with his loneliness but the fact that Fiona no longer remembers him and has transferred her affections to another nursing home patient.  

This film debuted at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival and played in the Premier category at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Says “New York Times” film critic A.O. Scott, “I can't remember the last time the movies yielded up a love story so painful, so tender and so true.” [Canada, 2006, Runtime: 110 min, Rated: PG-13]

Watch the trailer.

 

 

Eat at Dos LocosAfter each session, have dinner at the nearby Dos Locos restaurant where Read A Movie participants will receive a 15 percent discount (excluding already discounted items/specials).