Still Alice

Still Alice

DVD - 2015
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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 diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: DVD Still
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1
video file,DVD video,region 1

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Punnoval
Jan 13, 2020

Julianne Moore does a fine job of playing a 50'ish woman's descent into the memory loss of Alzheimer's disease. Although the actors playing her family could have been better this is redeemed by it's almost total lack of sentimentality - even the scene where the only word that Moore can come up with in a response to her daughter's reading (love) effectively shows how the mind can only find the path of least resistance.
A fine tale showing how Alzheimer's causes a reverse in the learning process.

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lianaherman
Oct 07, 2019

The movie is as heart-wrenching as the book. Such a emotionally raw story about how Alzheimer's affects not only the patient, but the whole family.

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strider643
Sep 25, 2019

Well intentioned drama regarding dementia in a woman in her 50's. I don't know it just seemed vacuous in impact. It certainly does no portray the true severity of dementia. And of course overall quite a depressing picture. And concluding that it's "all about love" is an insipid cliché, when all is said and done.

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beckybunck
Aug 07, 2019

Early onset Alzheimer's disease afflicts an accomplished professor.

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beckythecat1
Aug 18, 2018

A really happy, sad film. Very well done by all the actors. A subject that is in all our thoughts as all us boomers age.

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byoneoka
Jun 11, 2018

A marvelous treatment of the stress of an Alzheimer's disease diagnosis--on the patient, on the family and on the colleagues at her place of work. This is a nuanced work of a complex sickness.
This is surely Julianne Moore's best film. Thumbs way up!

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MB85CAL
May 31, 2018

Eloquent and understated this film captures the pain and growth that comes from dealing with this unforgiving disease.

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Nursebob
Mar 25, 2017

Directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland take neuroscientist Lisa Genova’s lengthy debut novel and telescope several months’ worth of deterioration into a mere 100 minutes leaving us with little more than a series of highly depressing Hallmark moments in which Moore goes from forgetting a word, to wetting her pants, to staring incomprehensibly while daughter Lydia recites a passage from "Angels in America" to her: ”It’s…about…love…” drawls Alice as Lydia puts the book down and you can imagine an entire audience reaching for their tissues. Unlike "A Song for Martin" or "Amour", two films that refused to blink when dealing with dementia, Glatzer and Westmoreland concentrate a bit too much on sunshine and hugs instead of plumbing the emotional minefield such a diagnosis engenders. As John, Alec Baldwin puts in a stony performance—laughing or turning sombre on cue—while Kate Bosworth in the role of Anna seems constantly on the verge of screaming and Kristen Stewart’s Lydia is caught in a perpetual scowl. Moore, however, does as much as she can with the material handed to her and gives a fierce performance as a woman trying to manoeuvre between a rock and hard place even as the map disintegrates in her hands. Flawed for sure, but still a worthy addition to the growing list of films and documentaries dealing with this tragic epidemic.

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mnunez2012
Jan 13, 2017

Still Alice was an impressive and important reflection on Alzheimer's Disease and the way that it affects countless lives. The film was brilliantly executed by the veteran actress Julianne Moore and Alex Baldwin with some younger actors (notably Hunter Parish and Kate Bosworth, Kristen Stewart was dry and boring as always- that girl is a bad actress!) The film charts the gradual decline in a young woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease and emphasizes the way that the woman's family responds and copes with her diagnosis. The film was pretty emotional and upsetting at times but that seems appropriate and might have been accentuated by my own family history with this disease. The actress researched a lot on the illness and she gave a very convincing performance. Objectively, I believe the film was excellently crafted and delivered. However, subjectively speaking, it was rather depressing and upsetting. For that (subjective) reason, I give it 4/5. If you don't mind going to those murky emotional places, maybe this is a good film for you. I would recommend this film to people living with family members who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

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chetanka
Sep 20, 2016

Have not yet seen Still Alice but reading your comments reminds me that Joanne Woodward and Richard Kiley starred in Do You Remember Love back in 1985.

It was on the same subject and was an impressive production well before we were made so aware of the affliction.

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alera Jun 24, 2015

Lydia Howland: But this isn't fair.
Dr. Alice Howland: I don't have to be fair. I'm your mother.

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jimg2000
Jun 09, 2015

Elizabeth Bishop’s The Art of Losing (One Art) from movie Reaching for the Moon 2014:

The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster,

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother's watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster.

- Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident
the art of losing's not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

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jimg2000
Jun 09, 2015

Plenary presentation excerpt:
Movie: Good morning. It's an honor to be here. The poet Elizabeth Bishop once wrote: 'The art of losing isn't hard to master. So many things seem filled with the intent to be lost...that their loss is no disaster.'

I am not a poet. I am a person living with early onset Alzheimer's. And as that person, I find myself learning the art of losing every day. Losing my bearings, losing objects, losing sleep...but mostly, losing memories." All my life, I've accumulated memories. They've become, in a way, my most precious possessions. … I am not suffering. I am struggling. Struggling to be a part of things...to stay connected to who I once was. 'So live in the moment, ' I tell myself. It's really all I can do. Live in the moment. And not beat myself up too much... And not beat myself up too much...for mastering the art of losing…

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Jun 20, 2016

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