Extra Cinema: Still Alice (12A)

Undated Film Still Handout from Still Alice. Pictured: Julianne Moore as Alice Howland. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Sony/Jojo Whilden. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.
Undated Film Still Handout from Still Alice. Pictured: Julianne Moore as Alice Howland. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Sony/Jojo Whilden. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

= Starring: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin

DirECTOR: Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glazer

Some of these glittering orbs dim naturally over time, such as first experiences from childhood, while others are temporarily obscured by the fog of modern life, like when we forget a friend’s birthday or the last place we saw a set of keys.

Alzheimer’s is an incurable neurodegenerative disease that slowly robs a patient of the ability to see these stars and chart a safe passage back to the people they love.

For those left behind, staring into the unblinking eyes of a close relative who no longer recognises you, is an anguish that defies words.

Julianne Moore delivers an Oscar-winning performance as a forty-something mother faced with an early diagnosis of this cruel disease in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s heartfelt drama.

Based on the novel by Lisa Genova, Still Alice simply, yet powerfully, conveys the emotional devastation for the central character and the ripple effect for her family. Still Alice feels no shame or self-pity.

Writer-directors Glazer and Westmoreland treat characters with sensitivity.

Rating: 7/10