Still Alice

Still Alice

Richard Glatzer (2014)

100min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In Hollywood, Alzheimer's conveniently tends to afflict the comfortably off or brilliantly academic, but in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's otherwise rather coy adaptation of neuroscientist Lisa Genova's novel, Julianne Moore's Columbia University linguistics professor is diagnosed with the rare, early-onset strain. "With people who have a higher level of education, things can go faster," explains her doctor. Whether losing her thread mid-lecture or forgetting where she is while jogging, the early premonitions are effectively and chillingly staged. But while Moore's Oscar- and Bafta-winning performance is subtle, dignified and intelligent, Alec Baldwin has less to conjure with as her research physician husband - a rock who disappears into his work - and their adult children (Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish, Kristen Stewart) are mere cut-outs. The bombshell that Mom's Alzheimer's is hereditary is brushed aside so that Moore can reclaim centre stage. She almost carries the film beyond disease-of-the-week blandness, but both Sarah Polley's Away from Her and Michael Haneke's Amour mined deeper and more surprising material from the familial fallout.

Summary

Shortly after celebrating her 50th birthday, a renowned linguistics professor begins suffering from memory loss and is eventually diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. As her family attempts to come to terms with the news, her debilitating symptoms start to take control of her life. Drama, starring an Oscar-winning Julianne Moore, with Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth.

Cast & Crew

Alice Howland Julianne Moore
John Howland Alec Baldwin
Lydia Howland Kristen Stewart
Anna Howland-Jones Kate Bosworth
Tom Howland Hunter Parrish
Charlie Jones Shane McRae
Benjamin Stephen Kunken
Professor Hooper Victoria Cartagena
Director Richard Glatzer
Director Wash Westmoreland
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Artificial EyeGuidance: Some swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Mar 2015
Drama