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Still Alice

Starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth
Screenplay by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland
Based on the novel by Lisa Genova
Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland
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IN SHORT: nnn. [Rated . 101 minutes]

Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a professor at New York's Columbia University.

The most terrifying side effect of Alzheimer's Disease is that, caught early enough, the (victim) is fully aware that he/she is in the process of losing large chunks of his/her life and that there is nothing that can be done about it. Still Alice builds upon the medical supposition that, apparently,the smarter you are, the faster the mental collapse occurs because (you) are able to develop mental tricks to cope with the initial symptoms and prevent recognition of the disease. (You) go into a State of Denial to the nth degree and as seen in this particularstory, the (victim) "Alice" makes herself a video, with instructions to "watch this while you are alone" and hides the vid message on her laptop.

The day comes that Alice is, indeed, alone. She is in the kitchen having finished a call to her daughter in LA, who is pursuing an acting career. Daughter emails a head shot which Alice says she can open. But she can't. What she opens is that video message to herself with instructions on how to kill herself, with a hidden bottle of sleeping pills. On the off chance that the instructions message should be interrupted, there are further instructions -- "Don't tell anyone what you're doing, OK?" Alice eventually has to carry her laptop around because she forgets the simple instructions. When her stay at home daughter comes through front door just at the moment of crisis, Alice drops the pills on the floor . . . and then forgets all about what it was she was about to do, too.

Alice forgets her daughter's names, later confusing one with her deceased sister.

]Husband gets offered a job at the Mayo Clinic which offers great possibilities not only for his career but for her, with treatment at the Clinic. She doesn't want to go to the Clinic. She asks him to put it off for a year (theoretically, in a year her brain will be mush). She panics in the middle of the night, looking for her phone. It turns up (in kitchen garbage) and she remembers looking for it "last night". Husband mutters to daughter "It was a month ago."

He helps her dress.

daughter KS returns from LA to pursue work on the NY stage. And to look after her mother "I got her:" she tells her dad. Tears. There will be a home care worker, Elena, as well. Alice doesn't know who she is.

Lydia Howland (Kristen Stewart)

Anna Howland-Jones (Kate Bosworth)
Dr. John Howland (Alec Baldwin)
Tom Howland (Hunter Parrish)

 

 

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