Review of Still Alice, Directed by Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland

Based on Lisa Genova’s 2007 novel, Still Alice is a heartbreaking yet inspiring look at the devastating effects of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a linguistics professor defined by her academic prowess. However, a sudden deterioration in memory and inability to carry out the most basic tasks leaves her fighting to find the real Alice.

Winning Best Performance by an Actress at this year’s Academy Awards, Moore sensitively communicates the frustrations and fears faced daily by someone with the condition. Her brilliant performance conveys both the liveliness and the increasing confusion of Alice’s character.

Although intensely sad at times, the film also finds joy through living in the moment. Freed from worldly concerns, Alice awakens at the beauty in literature or the taste of ice cream. Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s film offers an insight into a world that is often hidden and celebrates the people striving to remain themselves in a place that is slowly becoming alien to them.

Hannah Clugston

Still Alice, Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland, released on DVD from Curzon.

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1. Still Alice, Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland.