Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Still Alice


This film is about a 50 year-old linguistics teacher from Columbia University called Alice, who gets diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. It all began when she visited a neurologist because she kept forgetting things and not remembering where she was. She was diagnosed with a familial version of the disease.

She gave the news to her husband, and then to her children, who were all adults: Anna, Tom, and Lydia. From all her kids, Anna was a carrier of the disease, Tom was a negative, and Lydia didn’t want to know.

Throughout the film, we get to see Alice struggling with the disease, we see her trying to fight it, doing all she can to keep her memories in her brain, we see her getting lost more often, having fits of desperation,  we even see her recording a video for herself on how to commit suicide by taking some pills.

Julianne Moore was the actress who played Alice, and she did it marvelously. She managed to capture Alice’s desperation and joy through her eyes. You could see all these emotions in her eyes, it was wonderful. The role Julianne played was emotionally challenging, and she was so brave for doing it.

Julianne got prepared for the role by doing research, and by talking to actual Alzheimer patients and their relatives.


Kristen Stewart played Lydia, Alice’s younger daughter, who’s the only one who knows exactly how her mother feels. She was also left in charge of Alice once her father had to go away for work at a hospital. Her father, portrayed by Alec Baldwin, said goodbye to her with this phrase: “You’re a better man that I am”; he felt like a coward for taking a job that demanded him to travel far away because he didn’t feel like he had all that capacity and understanding to keep taking care of his sick wife. He felt like he couldn’t handle it anymore.

I felt a knot in my throat most of the time while watching this film. I even cried a bit in some parts. I could feel Alice’s desperation, how frustrated she felt with herself because she studied a lot, she was a very smart woman, she literally worked in everything related to developing people’s brains, and now she saw herself unable to rely on her own due to a disease.

She gave us the message to live life in the moment, to enjoy the present.

Also, something just came to my mind, which is related to the topic treated in the film: yesterday I watched an episode of the series Scorpion, and there was this character that had a neurodegenerative disease as well. He said this phrase, and I’m using it as a closure for this post, he said something like:


“Make as many great memories as you can because, in the end of the day, we don’t get to decide the ones we keep.”

Lots of Love,

Salha 

2 comments:

  1. I heard that this movie won an award or something? But I didn't know what the movie was actually about, so thank you for sharing this! I think I would really like to watch this movie!

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    1. Still Alice won several awards, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA, a SAG Award, and a Golden Globe!
      I really recommend you to watch it!

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