A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease.
‘Still Alice’ is a tender and compassionate film about Alice Howland (Julianne Moore), a linguistics professor who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The film was responsible for Julianne Moore’s first Academy Award and I perhaps had some fears that the film may be a standard Osca-bait ‘illness’ movie but I’m glad to say this isn’t the case. If anything, Moore has given better performances in other films and the success of this film is as much down to the understated direction and the excellent supporting performances from Alec Baldwin (as her husband) and Kristen Stewart (as her daughter).
The direction from Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer (who sadly passed a few days ago) takes a sensitive approach to the films themes, with the subject matter handed with great care. Julianne Moore is excellent in the lead role as a driven woman struggling to come to terms with her illness, but the film excels when it takes the spotlight off Alice and focuses on the effect her illness is having on those around her. Alec Baldwin is particularly excellent at conveying the challenges his wife’s condition put on him, whilst Kristen Stewart reveals new depths as one of her daughters, and she shares in some of the film’s best scenes.
Driven by superb performances and a sensitive approach to its subject matter, ‘Still Alice’ is a very good film showcasing the difficult challenges faced by Alzheimer’s sufferers and those around them.
Directed By: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth