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Still Alice - Film Review

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Published February 3rd 2015
I am not suffering, I am struggling
still alice, movie review, film review, julianne moore, kristen stewart, alec baldwin, kate bosworth, hunter parrish, shane mcrae, stephen kunken, alzheimer's, alzheimer, memory loss
All images İ BSM Studio, Big Indie Pictures, Killer Films, Shriver Films

It's a birthday dinner and Alice Howland is turning 50. Her beautiful family surrounds her and she's on top of the world in her career as a successful linguistics professor. Life is just peachy, till it's not.

Handing out a lecture one day, she forgets what she was about to say. A couple more similar incidents and she innately knows there's something wrong. That this is not one of those regular moments of forgetfulness under stress.

Facing up to accepting she has younger-onset Alzheimer's disease is difficult, and it isn't because of the disease, but how she perceives herself; someone who's forgetting the very words that are the cornerstone of who she is. Her husband is in denial after she gives him the news and the next hardest task is telling the kids.

The film highlights how this disease can affect not only the person who has it, but the entire family. Julianne Moore is a powerhouse of talent in her chosen profession, and she imbues 'Still Alice' with a quiet and graceful approach that cuts deeper than you realise until tears well up and fall down your cheeks. Unless you have a heart of stone, I suggest you take a pocketful of tissues with you.

Kate Bosworth and Alec Baldwin are strong supporting casts as the husband and daughter, but the dark horse for me was Kristen Stewart, who plays the second daughter of three children.

Her expressive eyes are filled with empathy and the time she eventually gives to her mother to understand the disease, coupled with a true desire to take care of her is touching.

I give this movie an 8.5 out of 10.

Written by Lisa Genova and published in 2007, 'Still Alice' was her first novel. It was originally self-published and sold out of the trunk of her car for almost a year before it was bought at auction by Simon & Schuster.

It won the 2008 Bronte Prize, was nominated for 2010 Indies Choice Debut Book of the Year by the American Booksellers Association, and was winner of the 2011 Bexley Book of the Year Award. It spent over 40 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into 25 languages. Not bad from an author who once said: "I'm a Harvard-trained Neuroscientist, a Meisner-trained actress and an entirely untrained writer!"

Hope is also being pinned onto the coat-tails of 'Still Alice'. Hope that it will bring this disease, one that makes the top 10 list of killer diseases in the world, to the forefront of awareness. This is no longer an old person's disease; younger people are getting diagnosed more often, so lets hope this attention will bring more funding needed to find a cure.

Check out our Australian Alzheimer's website if you would like to make a donation or find out more details. They also have a Facebook page which is currently sporting an image from 'Still Alice' as its cover page.

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Why? A film that highlights Alzheimer's disease and how it affects a person and their family.
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Great review Jen. Will certainly go and see this now.
by cress0 (score: 1|83) 2671 days ago
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