Still Alice

Still Alice

DVD - 2014
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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: ©2014
Culver City, CA :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 101 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
DVD-video, NTSC, rda
widescreen (1.78:1), 24 fps, rda
digital, optical, 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital, rda
DVD video, 4 3/4 in., rda

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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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LittleNoName
Jun 20, 2016

Awesome! Definately a must see movie. Sad but also informative -Im going to talk with my doctor as my mom, whose 47, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers, unsure if its the inherited type, but if so I want to be tested as I was unware there was a test. this movie is passing on the knowledge & I believe in the saying, "Knowledge is power."

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tims67
May 26, 2016

Great job by actors - especially Julianne Moore ... definitely a must-watch movie.

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empbee
May 08, 2016

Julianne Moore is excellent. A good adaptation of a very good book.

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 11, 2016

STILL ALICE explores the range of human emotion when an Alzheimer's diagnosis is given. You're not losing the person physically, but mentally they vanish. It is a different kind of death, a different kind of grieving, and it is an incurable kind at that. Played legitimately, Julianne Moore gives life to Alice Howland. As an audience, we're watching a person who has built their life around their intellectual prowess crumble bit by bit, having to learn to be somebody else, not the smart one, not the bright spark, but a person with a new kind of worth. You feel a burden and then you forget that you are one. You're lucid and then you're not. It is a complicated tightrope to do a performance like this, but Julianne does it with ease. No wonder she won the Oscar. I love Julianne and, although it's not my favourite performance of hers, it is definitely one of her best. I enjoyed STILL ALICE because of her and would eagerly recommend it.

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salsun
Mar 26, 2016

It shows an early-onset aggressive type of disease. I like the part where one of the daughter becomes caregiver at late stage. Just can't imagine what losing oneself slowly is like. Great performance!!

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Yoo_hoo5
Mar 08, 2016

Definitely good acting. You could feel for what Julianne Moore's character went through and how a family copes with Alzheimers.
Recommend!

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Vivica
Mar 04, 2016

This is the only movie that actually depicts what really happens as Alzheimer's Disease descends on someone -excellent acting.

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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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