Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.
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The film avoids to play around with sloppy sentimentalities. No embarassments at all. The Alzheimer Desease is explained and it's impacts on human being is visualized impressively. Very big compliment to Julianne Moore who does an outstanding performance. Unforgettable movie.
The last entry on the list of regular films elevated by the Oscar-winning performance of its leading actress: Moore was amazing and her victory was long overdue. The film is brave enough to show you the decease's violence in some devastating scenes - the peeing on the pants, the speech, the suicide attempt. The supporting roles were all kind of weak, but it deserves praise for bringing awareness to Alzheimer.
There's a shot here where the family sit at a dinner table discussing Alice's worsening condition. The directors frame a close up on the back of Moore's head; her long red hair in perfect focus as the family in the background are shown as an indistinct smear; vague, unrecognisable. It's one of my favourite shots in any recent film. Unfortunately it's the only bit of cinema in the entire thing; the rest is television.
Julianne Moore carries this film. This film is far more gracious than Haneke's Amour at evaluating the tragic effect of Alzheimer's, however, this is an actor's rather than director's piece at heart. It's a moving story particularly due to its application for many.
This "Alice in Alzheimerland" is not a great movie, but the breathtaking performance by Julianne Moore (who totally deserved the billion awards she had been nominated for) makes it impressive, and sometimes that is enough. I bet you'll never forget her performance, even if you get early Alzheimer too.
An emotionally devastating turn by Julianne Moore is the main reason to seek out this fine film from Glatzer/Westmoreland as is its ability to treat its subject matter with restraint and respect. This is Alzheimer's from the point of view of the sufferer giving the film a more vivid immediacy and urgency than the so-called 'disease' genre usually does. The act of losing oneself is terrifying; accepting of it more so.