Still Alice (2014) – There’s lot to be learnt yet

‘The Art of Losing isn’t hard to master: so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster.’

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Dr Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is on a downhill roller coaster when she is diagnosed with  Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of fifty,it’s not just a shock to her and her husband  but also to her 3 grown up children who not only have to accept that their mother is deteriorating but to comes to terms with the fact that any one of them could have the same condition.

Moore’s performance was good, I am not sure if it was brilliant but definitely subtly done. with compassion and dignity intact.A subject that is worth screening as it will help people understand how it affect not just the sufferer but the family as a whole.

I was hoping for an emotional ride but Still Alice did not move me the way I expected it. Not a tear jerker but a great topic to discuss over a cup of tea. Overall, I came away with the feeling of emptiness – ( at  one point I fell asleep!)

An Oscar winning performance or was it emotional blackmail? or simply because Moore is a brilliant actress as a whole that the hype was there? In all honesty I can’t remember.

I am not going to write Still Alice off – but suggest you go and see it for yourself.

Ms Safirah Irani

Twitter@Safirah63

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