Harrowing and hard to watch, “Still Alice” tells the story of an academic expert in linguistics who is hit by early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Julianne Moore’s Oscar-winning performance in the leading role is beautifully nuanced and profoundly affecting.
Based on a Lisa Genova book, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmorland wrote and directed this work of love. Expertise shines through and the credits show an impressive number of medical leaders advised on this.
One camera shot will break your heart. Alice is standing and trying to figure out where she is. The image keeps a tight focus on her face as everything around her fades away and blurs.
All of the actors here put in fine turns. Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish are all great.
The emotions are perfect, but certain facts annoyed me. Surely a professor would spell “grammar” correctly on her computer files? Is this just the most impossibly perfect marriage, family and job combination ever shown?
Wouldn’t the family experience some financial hardship alongside this disease?
But these are minor quibbles with a sensational film that details the disease while affirming life.
I saw it at a packed Stratford East PIcturehouse free screening for members. If you can stomach the rawness and difficulty of the subject matter, see it.