Still Alice

Chasity 2022-04-22 07:01:21

I've always had a prejudice that if it was John or the kids who got Alzheimer's, the wife would give up better opportunities for the family.
This is clearly a bias. . .
Let's get down to business. I watched the second half of this movie with tears in my eyes. I didn't know I was crying, but the saltiness in my mouth reminded me.
When Alice is trying to remember something, when she sets up questions on her phone, when she speaks, when she can't find a bathroom, she is so tenacious, but in front of Alzheimer's So powerless. Moreover, she is also under tremendous pressure, a daughter who is trying to conceive, and the daughter also comes from her inheritance. The worst moment for a mother is knowing that her tragedy will be repeated for her daughter. When she found the pills according to the video instructions from a year ago, I thought it was a relief, but she finally lost her last chance to leave with dignity.
This is the most humiliating disease. She is terminally ill but very sober. She is still so sensitive and smart, but she can't remember what happened 3 seconds ago. You can clearly know that you are powerless to change, but you can't even die with dignity.
At the end of the film, Alice utters the word Love in the company of Lydia. The movie ends. Yes, the director couldn't shoot it either. Maybe she'll have to be sent to a nursing home, do nothing with nurses, and eventually die of exhaustion, or go on to live 30 years without recognizing her daughter and her husband. The director cannot afford such a tragedy. So far so good.

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  • Alyson 2022-04-24 07:01:06

    Interesting story, not deliberately dramatic.

  • Kole 2022-04-24 07:01:06

    After watching Still Alice, I didn't imagine the deliberately sensational and sadistic narrative. It is very touching to narrate the symptoms of Alzheimer's under the timely BGM. Alice's speech is very touching the art of losing. I really liked the different feeling of the scene performed by K! Of course, I stared at the green eyes completely at the end. After the subtitles come out, I will relive it again. Aunt Moore will have good luck in Oscar next year.

Still Alice quotes

  • Dr. Alice Howland: Good morning. It's an honor to be here. The poet Elizabeth Bishoponce wrote: 'the Art of Losing isn't hard to master: so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster.' I'm not a poet, I am a person living with Early Onset Alzheimer's, and as that person I find myself learning the art of losing every day. Losing my bearings, losing objects, losing sleep, but mostly losing memories...

    [she knocks the pages from the podium]

    Dr. Alice Howland: I think I'll try to forget that just happened.

    [crowd laughs]

    Dr. Alice Howland: All my life I've accumulated memories - they've become, in a way, my most precious possessions. The night I met my husband, the first time I held my textbook in my hands. Having children, making friends, traveling the world. Everything I accumulated in life, everything I've worked so hard for - now all that is being ripped away. As you can imagine, or as you know, this is hell. But it gets worse. Who can take us seriously when we are so far from who we once were? Our strange behavior and fumbled sentences change other's perception of us and our perception of ourselves. We become ridiculous, incapable, comic. But this is not who we are, this is our disease. And like any disease it has a cause, it has a progression, and it could have a cure. My greatest wish is that my children, our children - the next generation - do not have to face what I am facing. But for the time being, I'm still alive. I know I'm alive. I have people I love dearly. I have things I want to do with my life. I rail against myself for not being able to remember things - but I still have moments in the day of pure happiness and joy. And please do not think that I am suffering. I am not suffering. I am struggling. Struggling to be part of things, to stay connected to whom I was once. So, 'live in the moment' I tell myself. It's really all I can do, live in the moment. And not beat myself up too much... and not beat myself up too much for mastering the art of losing. One thing I will try to hold onto though is the memory of speaking here today. It will go, I know it will. It may be gone by tomorrow. But it means so much to be talking here, today, like my old ambitious self who was so fascinated by communication. Thank you for this opportunity. It means the world to me. Thank you.

  • Dr. Alice Howland: I was looking for this last night.

    Dr. John Howland: [whispering to Anna] It was a month ago.