Director: Richard Glatzer
Cast: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Hunter Parrish, Stephen Kunken, Kate Bosworth
Country of Origin: USA 2014 101 mins.
Released by Artificial Eye/Curzon Film Releasing
'Julianne Moore gives an effortless and utterly compelling performance'.
It's a good life for Dr Alice Howland (Julianne Moore). A Columbia University linguistics professorship, a devoted husband John (Alex Baldwin) and three loving children, Tom, who's on the verge of a career in medicine, lawyer Anna who's expecting her first baby and Lydia who has a fractured relationship with her mother and is struggling to make it as an actress in LA. Alice has busy and rewarding life, a whirlwind of work and family, and she thrives on it. While giving a guest lecture at UCLA, Alice suffers a memory loss mid-sentence. Neurological tests indicate not a brain tumour but early onset Alzeimer's whose genetic base suggests a fifty percent chance of it being passed onto Alice's children.
Adapted from Lisa Genova's novel of the same name, Julianne Moore, the winner of the this years Bafta and the Oscar for Best Actress gives a effortless and compelling performance that echoes the effects of this devastating disease. From a woman defined by her intelligence and generosity of spirit with her family the centre of her life, Alice begins to disappear and family relationships change. Workaholic research scientist John can't accept or cope and the children are confused, bewildered and conscious of their vulnerability to the disease.
As Alzeimer's progresses it's Lydia who bonds with Alice to live for each day, live for the moment.
The camera rolls and observes an effortless and stunning performance devoid of sentimentality.
So cruel is 'the art of loosing'.