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Still Alice (2014)

 -  Drama  -  16 January 2015 (USA)
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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.

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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.

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, and brief language including a sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Co-director Richard Glatzer suffers from ALS and can't speak. He directed the film using a text to speech app on an iPad. See more »

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When Anna is talking about her pregnancy she says that she's having twins, a boy and a girl, and then when asked how far along she is, Anna says five weeks. It is impossible to determine the sex of a fetus at five weeks. See more »


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written by John Courtney Morrison, Erika Sharpe, John Holt, Tyrone Evans and Howard Barrett
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Fantastic and Heartbreaking With A Steller Performance By Julianne Moore
6 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

What an absolutely beautiful yet sad film!

Still Alice is a rare gem, where you feel sad and depressed as the film goes along, yet come out of the cinema almost happy. Not smiling, laughing happy, but thanks to the unblemished execution of the character Alice by Julianne Moore, you leave with a positive message about how to make the most of your life, as you never know when, how, what could happen to you. Alice was such an incredibly intelligent person, by the devil in disguise illness know as Alzheimer's disease slowly ate away at her brain, slowly destroying everything she had worked for in life, leaving only the shell of a woman who had once excelled at everything in her life.

Everything about this movie was great. If I had a slight complaint it would be that at first, I found the strange time lapses a little confusing as to where the characters were in relation to each other, but by the end i found that I actually quite liked that, as the audience were experiencing the movie almost as Alice herself was seeing the world.

Julianne Moore completely slayed the role she was given. An unquestionable Oscar Nomination is coming her way, if not the win for Best Actress. She portrayed Alice so perfectly and so realistically that I felt uncomfortable. I was starting to get anxious that I could get Alzheimer's disease, that is how well she played the character. Julianne also played Alice in a way that, what could have been a one dimensional character that is simply written into the screenplay to get the story across, was actually played in a way that has so many layers, which is why it was so tragic. No one could have left the theater with a dry eye.

Overall, I loved this movie. With Steller performances by Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and even Kristen Stewart (in arguably her best role and performance to date) and great direction, cinematography, editing, sound, production etc, it really made this film a special event. It defiantly wont be for everyone, as many may find it slow or too emotionally draining, but if you think you can handle it, then it will be an experience you'll never forget.

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