Film Review: Still Alice
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★★★★☆ With Julianne Moore winning an array of accolades in her depiction of the title character, including a BAFTA, an Academy Award and the Golden Globe for Best Actress, Still Alice has had exceptionally high expectations to live up to. It is an extraordinarily difficult film to watch - but for all the right reasons. The film, which was adapted from Lisa Genova’s novel of the same name, follows Alice (played by Moore) who is an esteemed and well-renowned fifty-year-old linguistics professor at Columbia University. Against the backdrop of New York, she is cemented in a relatively conventional lifestyle alongside her family: husband John (Alec Baldwin), and three children: uptight Anna (Kate Bosworth), diplomatic Tom, and the headstrong Lydia (Kristen Stewart). Alice’s random moments of memory loss elicit a deep sense of foreboding, and when she discovers she has a genetic form of early onset Alzheimer’s, there is an effortless progression from normality to handling the insurmountable.
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