Sony Pictures Classics/Killer/Big Indie/BSM/Shriver (Lex
Lutzus, James Brown & Pamela Koffler)
W: Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland [based on the novel
by Lisa Genova]
DP: Denis Lenoir
Ed: Nicolas Chaudeurge
Mus: Ilan Eshkeri
Julianne Moore (Alice Howland), Alec Baldwin
(John Howland), Kristen Stewart (Lydia Howland), Kate Bosworth (Anna Howland), Hunter Parrish (Tom Howland), Shane McRae (Charlie Jones)
Julianne Moore won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance as
Alice Howland, a reputable linguistics professor who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease shortly before her 50th birthday.
Based on the novel by Lisa Genova, the story focuses on Alice
and her family dealing with the symptoms and her struggle as her condition worsens over time.
Julianne Moore truly does deliver an excellent performance in
this sentimental drama, and she's supported with good performances from Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth and Kristen Stewart.
The film does seem to accelerate the speed in which Moore's
mental health deteriorates, but for the most part it's a very accurate and honest portrayal of the illness.
Directors Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland, who also
adapted the screenplay, deserve much credit for making a grounded drama without making it overly sentimental or cloying, though Julianne Moore's excellent work has to be given the majority of the
It's not an easy watch, occasionally quite
depressing, but a powerful film with important subject matter.