April 12 4:45pm & April 19, 2015
Director: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Cast: Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth
Runtime: 101 minutes
Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Awards, National Board of Review, San Francisco Film Critics Circle: Best Actress, Julianne Moore.
“The movie is harrowing, as any story about Alzheimer’s should be, but Moore gives it an extra layer of gravity and heartbreaking inevitability.”—Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
“Still Alice articulates the very specific type of loss that Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders represent.”–Katherine Monk, Canada.com
In Still Alice, based on Lisa Genova’s 2007 novel, Julianne Moore presents us with a vibrant, 50-year-old woman at the top of her personal and professional game. She’s a star in the linguistics department at Columbia University. Her marriage to John (Alec Baldwin) is solid. Her grown children — Kate Bosworth as snooty Anna, Hunter Parrish as levelheaded Tom, and Kristen Stewart as the budding actress Lydia — seem more or less equipped for life.
Small hiccups in Alice’s memory — a word forgotten, a question repeated — are followed by major blank-outs, like a casual jog that turns into a nightmare of disorientation. “I think I have a brain tumor,” Alice muses, but a doctor’s appointment reveals the real problem.
What’s more, Alice’s children may develop early-onset Alzheimer’s as well. A simple medical test can tell them, but is such dreadful knowledge even worth having? Each will have to decide.
Still Alice wisely chooses to find happiness in its story rather than wallow in tears. Ultimately, it’s Moore’s sensitive and dignified performance that makes the movie a must-see.