Over the weekend, I saw the movie Still Alice with Julianne Moore as the main character. I knew a little about the movie before I saw it, that it was primarily about a protagonist who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease at an abnormally young age (50 years old) and how she goes on with her life as she tries to live with the disease.
I liked how simple and raw the movie’s backdrop is, allowing for the audience to truly focus on such a complicated issue of deteriorating mind and body and how it affects the very mundane aspects of one’s life as well as familial relationships. For an Alzheimer’s patient, particularly during the early onset of the disease, a lot of embarrassment and discomfort are felt when he/she cannot remember simple things like how to get back home or what a friend’s name is. Often, the person with Alzheimer is just treated as someone who’s flighty or forgetful.
For me, the most touching moment was when Julianne Moore’s character, Alice, spoke in front of an Alzheimer’s support group where she said this….“My yesterdays are disappearing, and my tomorrows are uncertain, so what do I live for? I live for each day. I live in the moment. Sometime tomorrow soon, I’ll forget that I stood before you and gave this speech. But just because I’ll forget it some tomorrow doesn’t mean that I didn’t live every second of it today. I will forget today, but that doesn’t mean that today didn’t matter.”
So if you are looking to see a movie for this Oscar weekend, I highly recommend seeing Still Alice for the great acting and a serious topic that is rarely dealt with in film.