Still Alice

Julianne Moore won the Best Actress Oscar for her moving portrayal of a renowned linguistics professor with early on-set Alzheimer's. "The triumph of Still Alice is that it's not about an illness; it's about a person."

“Julianne Moore taps into Baby Boomer fears with her mesmerizing portrayal of a professor stricken with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in Still Alice. Just the idea of such a fate can be scarier than the most terrifying horror movie, yet Alice treats the subject with grace and compassion.

“Moore's portrayal of 50-year-old Alice Howland, is one of the best of her career. She powerfully captures the growing confusion caused by the debilitating illness. At first Alice dismisses her random acts of forgetfulness as middle-aged memory malaise. Then she panics when, on her daily run, she becomes disoriented. The world looks hazy and unfamiliar. She is diagnosed with a rare hereditary form of Alzheimer's. Her husband, John (Alec Baldwin), and three grown children respond in unexpected ways as her composed, capable persona begins to slip away.

“Told in linear style, the drama focuses on Alice's emotional reaction. It's a deeply intimate saga that lays bare Alice's struggles. As a linguistics professor at Columbia University in New York, Alice's stock in trade is words. Her fascination with them remains even after her memory loss is apparent. Her specialty was language acquisition and the audience watches as her own words begin to slip away.

“The progress of her disease and its acceleration are captured deftly as we witness her changing world through her eyes. Moore's facial expressions convey her mounting agitation. Images are distorted effectively and sound is amplified to make it all the more terrifying.

“Technology plays an intriguing part in her tale, not just the word games she plays on her smartphone, but also in the daily questions she poses to herself and answers on her phone. She clings to her shrinking gray matter in a way that is both understandable and heartbreaking. Alice is understated yet still moving." - USA Today


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