Montag, 23. März 2015

STILL ALICE - Movie Review

Title: Still Alice
Running Time: 101 min
Directors: Richard Glatzer (†), Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth

Less than two weeks ago, the director of this movie, Richard Glatzer, passed away. With his final film the man who had been batteling the motor neuron disease ALS brought us the story of a woman struggling with yet another uncurable disease: Alzheimer's.
It is very clear to see that Glatzer was able to bring a lot of emotions and experience to this somewhat sensitive subject and so, the result is very impressive. "Still Alice" is an incredibly touching piece that treats its subject with a lot of subtlety and respect. The titular Alice is a woman in her early fifties. Being a professor in linguistics and having a very loving family on her side, her brain and her memories might be the most precious things to her. Thus, her shock is quite big when she finds out she suffers from early onset Alzheimer's disease. More and more difficulties arise as her cognitive functions degenerate and she has to face many problems like losing the ability to carry out her work or knowing that all of her three children could inherit the condition.
This kind of premise always has the risk of getting overdramatized, but what cast and crew have created here is anything but. Instead, the movie keeps you invested by creating very genuine characters through great writing and exceeding performances. The film, for example, uses a lot of time jumps, but keeps the viewer in the dark about how much time has actually passed. As a result, you have to find that out by yourself and so the impact feels much bigger when you suddenly see how far Alice's disease has progressed already. And then of course there is Julianne Moore, who plays the main character with such an honesty that you immediately feel empathetic. It's a quick smile, a glance of her eyes or just a cocked eyebrow that tells you everything you need to know about what's going on inside of her, and one can really appreciate this kind of subtlety. A well deserved Oscar.
So in the end, "Still Alice" is an amazing piece about the struggle with a disease such as Alzheimer's. A film that doesn't need to dramatize and even in the few scenes that it almost does, it gets grounded by the excellent Julianne Moore. A film that even Kristen Stewart didn't manage to ruin for me.

For Fans Of:
Away From Her (2006)
The Theory of Everything (2014)
Deux jours, une nuit (2014)

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