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Still Alice [DVD] 
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Alice Howland (Oscar & BAFTA nominee Julianne Moore), happily married with three grown children (Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish), is a renowned linguistics professor. When she receives a devastating diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking and inspiring.
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During the film we watch Alice struggle, degrade, and leave notes to herself, providing for an interest twist.
Julianne Moore won an Oscar for her performance. I definitely think Kristen Stewart does far better in a support role, than a lead. Alec Baldwin had relatively small role for the spouse. The family helps out in what amounts to a sad film about the end of life, although the film never enters the more difficult, end stages of Alzheimer. The film is secular. No one prays for help.
I couldn't hep think about another film, "You're Not You" with Hilary Swank that received less notice, about a dying ALS patient. I think if you enjoy one of these films you would enjoy the other.
Guide; F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
“Still Alice” never feels too sentimental, too Oscar-wary (I am used to the films where a character is struck down with a disability which is a straight road to an Oscar, it seems), too tear-jerking. The film is none of these things. It’s a subtle family drama, very well done. And it is hard, I imagine, to show the devastation of a loss not only of memory, but the inevitable collapse of the family due to the fact that one of its key members becomes, in a social sense, non-existent, a burden. Yet "Still Alice" tells an uplifting story, albeit slightly unfocused. Fixated solely on the character of Alice and her loss, there is not anything amazing or memorable about this film itself. And although all of the actors did an amazing job – the film’s inevitable star is Julianne Moore and her performance.
I think this quiet drama should definitely be watched and appreciated. An eye-opening study on Alzheimer's that will break your heart.
The directors (one of whom, Richard Glatzer, has died of ALS in the last two days) and screenwriters have made a film of unusual restraint and subtlety, with no scene going on too long, and few cliches - though we do get the stereotypical family meal that includes a family row, but even this is underplayed rather than overdone.
Moore is so believable in the title role that I found myself in tears at least half the time, and Kristen Stewart is truly excellent as her younger daughter, an aspiring actress. She too gives a truthful, restrained performance, her scenes with her mother all the more moving for the spaces between their words as for what they actually say. The scene in which she asks her mother "What's it like...?" is brilliantly and tenderly written and acted.
Alec Baldwin - these days an honourable support player as much as a leading man (eg. with Tina Fey in 30 Rock) is remarkably unselfish in what might seem to some an underwritten role, but which I found simply true to life. Kate Bosworth is fine as the elder, rather brittle daughter.
Appropriately enough considering the subject matter, the intelligent script finds ways to show Alice's decline into ever worse and more frightening stages of her illness without too much blatant explaining or overt emoting, allowing Moore/Alice to, as it were, explore and experience what is happening to her.Read more ›
Julianne Moore deserves her Oscar in showing Alice in a succession of emotions from disbelief and rising anxiety, through fear and frustration to a kind of ultimate acceptance. The film is realistic in showing the differing reactions of her children, both to her and each other as regards how best to treat her. Her changing relationship with her husband is also convincing: he promises to be there for her, but to what extent can he be expected to give up his own intellectual activities and career prospects as she finds herself not only unable to work, but incapable of concentrating on anything – wanting only to spend her last months of lucidity with him on the beach where they enjoyed their first romance thirty years before.
This often unbearably moving film considers subtly the question of the point at which we cease to be ourselves and may reasonably have our lives organised by others to suit their priorities. The drama ends on as positive a note as can be hoped. Perhaps some of our sadness in watching it is the knowledge that some similar fate may lie in store for us, but with less loving support.
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Must be seen, nothing more to say as the emotions went straight to my heart. I hope that I or any of my loved ones will never ever be in such a situation. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Eugenie
Very sad but very good film. My mother-in-law going through Alzheimer's was interesting to watch very moving.Published 12 days ago by Mrs L.A Reynolds
Missed this film when shown in my home town. Was glad to get it on Amazon. Excellent film.Published 1 month ago by Isabel from Dundee