This week, BUFS is pleased to present Still Alice.
When linguistics professor Dr. Alice Howland rings in her 50th birthday in the opening moments of Still Alice, she is an accomplished scholar, an excellent teacher, a loving wife, and a proud mother of three grown children. She wants very little—her biggest worry is her youngest daughter, who has chosen to try her hand at acting in LA instead of getting a college degree.
During a guest lecture not long after that, Alice can’t remember the word she needs. Then she gets lost on her regular jogging route. Frightened that she might have a brain tumour, she makes an appointment to see a neurologist. After extensive testing, she learns the devastating news—she has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. In spite of her physical fitness, she will lose her ability to do her job, along with a lifetime of memories and, ultimately, her independence. Worse, her condition might be genetic, which means that all of her children might also have it.
Based on neurologist Lisa Genova’s novel, Still Alice brings to life the slow and inevitable process of losing everything that makes one oneself, as well as the stark realities of living with a loved one with a degenerative disease. You might ask why anyone would watch such an incredibly sad story. The answer is Julianne Moore, whose performance swept award season—she took the SAG award, the Independent Spirit award, the BAFTA, the Golden Globe, and the Oscar.
Still Alice screens Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Landmark Cinemas, Pen Centre. Visit brocku.ca/bufs for details.