Still Alice

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Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.

IMdB: 7,5/10
Year: 2014
Length: 101 min
Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Writers: Lisa Genova (novel), Richard Glatzer (screenplay), Wash Westmoreland (screenplay)
Stars: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart

Malin grön 4.5

This is not my typical kind of movie, but I can't help but to be completely caught up in the story. Julianne Moore is devastatingly amazing. After watching it I almost had to persuade myself that Moore does not actually suffer from Alzheimer. It actually took me a while to shake the feeling of discomfort. Even though I am not that fond of Kristen Stewart, I like how she and of course her character really brings something to the story. While playing her daughter, she brings the story forward and after this role I like her a bit more. But that might be because I liked her character...

I was also happily surprised that Alec Baldwin got to play the good guy! I'm used to watch movies where he is the cheater or you know, a snob. But here we get to see the softer, loving husband.

Don't watch this one if you're sad. Because there is no happy ending. There are wonderful, heartwarming scenes - such as when Dr. Alice Howland (Moore) is giving her speech. It's sad, yes. But it is also a beautiful scene.

I really have to read this novel. I can't even imagine how I will feel after that.

Dr. Alice Howland: I was looking for this last night.

Dr. John Howland: [whispering to Anna] It was a month ago.

Ida grön 5.0

 

Still Alice is one of the most touching films I've seen this year, it's heartbreaking. This is a true horror, to forget where you live, the people you love and who you are.

Julianne Moore is phenomenal, just the scene where she forgets where the toilet is, it's mind blowing, you can see the panic of in her eyes over her blasting bladder and losing her grip on life.

The pace of the film is perfect it really makes you feel for the characters and what's happening to Alice. The cinematography is perfect for this film, it clearly displays a long, slow and terrible disease.

Lydia Howland: But this isn't fair.

Dr. Alice Howland: I don't have to be fair. I'm your mother.

It's an unforgettable story!

 

Academy Award 2015

Won:

 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Julianne Moore 

 

Nominated: 

 

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