A successful Columbia University professor (Julianne Moore) struggles to maintain her mind and self after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, in this adaptation of the Lisa Genova novel co-starring Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.
— Elizabeth Bishop
Renowned linguistics professor Dr. Alice
Howland (the always-extraordinary
Julianne Moore, also at the Festival in Maps
to the Stars) knows the truth of Bishop's
poetic insight as well as anyone. Diagnosed
with early-onset Alzheimer's, Alice learns
the art of losing every day.
At first, Alzheimer's means losing her way
around the streets of Manhattan, but soon
— far too soon for her husband and three
grown children — it's much more. But even
as it puts her marriage to the test, Alice's new
condition does provide the opportunity to
reconnect with her youngest daughter,
Lydia (Kristen Stewart), with whom she's
never seen eye-to-eye. The fact that Alice
is a lifelong student of language and communication
proves a powerful resource in
her fight against mental decline, but it also
means that she has a uniquely troubling
understanding of what's to come.
Directing duo Richard Glatzer and
Wash Westmoreland (The Last of
Robin Hood) have a keen knack for
rendering individual experience, and in
Still Alice they find an ideal subject for
their talents. Though other films about
Alzheimer's have prioritized its heartbreaking
effect on relationships, Glatzer
and Westmoreland turn their camera on
Alice, detailing her slow decline — and the
inventive tactics she employs to delay it —
with affecting precision. With impressive
performances from the film's supporting
cast, which includes Alec Baldwin, Kristen
Stewart and Kate Bosworth, Still Alice will
break your heart. But it will also remind you
that love is all around you, still.