By on March 6th, 2015

Still Alice (2014)

Still Alice (2014) Dir. Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland QFT Belfast 6th-19th Mar

Who’s in it? Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart

What’s it about? Featuring a heartfelt, Oscar winning central performance from Julianne Moore as Alice Howland, a Columbia University Linguistics professor diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimers, Still Alice is a heartbreaking and life affirming story about the fragility of our carefully crafted lives, the danger of taking anything for granted and the necessity of realising and appreciating what we have. Based on Lisa Genova’s 2007 bestselling novel of the same name, the film tracks Alice’s diagnosis after the first effects of the disease cause her to forget the words to a speech she gives at the University. The film is an intimate portrayal of the devastating impact the disease has on Alice’s husband (Baldwin) and their children as they struggle to come to terms with the fact that, in spite of her condition and the irrevocable changes it brings, she’s still Alice.

Memorable Moments? Alice tells her daughter (Stewart) that she wants to see her go to university, who complains that it’s not fair for her to use her condition to get her to go to college, to which Alice responds “It don’t have to be fair, I’m your mother”. In another scene Alice writes down important questions like ‘What is the name of your oldest daughter?’ and practices answering them so she doesn’t forget.

Look who’s talking: ‘Elevated by a gripping performance from Julianne Moore, Still Alice is a heartfelt drama that honors its delicate themes with bravery and sensitivity.’

Like that? Try this: Also featuring an 2015 Best Actor Oscar winning portrayal of a character with a degenerative disease, The Theory of Everything (2014) sees Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in this critically acclaimed biopic.

Trivia Pursuit: Co-director Richard Glatzer, who suffers from ALS and can’t speak, directed the film using a text to speech app on a tablet.

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