LIVE IN THE MOMENT.
50-year-old linguistics professor Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) begins to notice disturbing little things about herself; after getting lost while out jogging, her doctor diagnoses her with early onset Alzheimer’s. A straightforward drama portraying a relatively young woman and her family’s attempts to get used to an aggressive, debilitating disease that can’t be cured. Not a simple tear-jerker, but not really a film that reaches any deep emotional insights either. The ending sort of just peters out, but isn’t that an appropriate reflection of Alzheimer’s? Illustrates our fear of losing control in scary ways, with an excellent lead performance.
2015-U.S. 101 min. Color. Written and directed by Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland. Novel: Lisa Genova. Cast: Julianne Moore (Alice Howland), Alec Baldwin (John Howland), Kristen Stewart (Lydia Howland), Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish, Shane McRae.
Trivia: Glatzer died later that year from ALS.
Oscar: Best Actress (Moore). Golden Globe: Best Actress (Moore). BAFTA: Best Actress (Moore).