Live in the moment, and not beat myself up too much for mastering the art of losing.

Alexzander 2022-04-23 07:01:58

Five stars, one for the plot, one for Little K, and three for Julian Moore, who is the soul of the film's success.

Moore played Alice alive, and in this film, she was Alice in her own right, with no trace of herself in her life, or any trace of her in other films. Like Xiao K, although her acting skills are online in this film and she almost got rid of the shadow of Twilight, she still has a microcosm of her real life.

Aunt Moore is not a stunning beauty, but more like aged wine, the more fragrant it is (so, time is also very gentle to her). I especially like her smile, so charming and contagious, warm and sweet (the smile at the beginning is so beautiful!) It hits my heart. Aunt Moore has a gentle, peaceful, and reassuring aura, which can be perfectly integrated into any scene. It can not only be the protagonist that sparkles and attract attention, but also acts like a glue that sticks everyone together to become one. Just like in the movie, she made Ali and Ali's family a huge image, vivid, but not abruptly grabbing the scene, you will follow her into the plot and into Ali's life. She really deserves to be the first woman to win a grand slam in the European and American film industry.

Speaking of the plot, this is a real-life drama about Alzheimer's disease (senile dementia). The main theme of the plot is a positive and optimistic confrontation with a life that is gradually out of control in an environment of love and warmth: even if you are in pain, you must still live a strong and brave life. If you look closely, you will find that in many scenes of Ali, there are tears in her eyes (her eyes are very playful with her eye makeup), but the corners of her mouth are raised, not reluctantly, but more like a self-encouraging smile.

The main theme is consistent, but I still see countless sadness. At the beginning of the second half, I couldn't help but burst into tears, crying and watching the whole film, not moved, but sad.

Watching Ali go from being full of energy at the beginning of the birthday celebration, with no age-defying skin condition, to sluggish, haggard and slow-moving a few months later, I can't control my tear ducts at all.

Ali is a successful female representative, a linguistics teacher at Columbia University, with her own patents and books, a perfect family and three excellent children. But one day, she found out that she was suffering from a special familial heritable Alzheimer's disease. Although it was in the primary stage, the smarter the person, the faster the disease worsened.

She gradually lost her memory, her work, her brilliance, her proud speech ability, her dignity, she forgot her family, she even forgot who she was. She is so proud and strong that she is unwilling to face such an ending, and she also does not want to be a burden to her family, living without a soul like other patients (she went to an Alzheimer's sanatorium, no matter how brilliant a group of people was, now , all she saw was a group of "Walking Dead").

Therefore, while Ali was actively fighting the disease, he planned to end it with sleeping pills when he was uncontrollable one day. And she actually did that (she did it, I think she knew what she was doing, but after being interrupted, she seemed to forget the idea).

On a certain level, Alzheimer's is very sad, because in the later stage, he doesn't even have the ability to choose death by himself, and he ends up living in a dazed and demented life.

Ali hated the tragic experience that happened to her, and even began to hate herself, but she was still trying to live her life, trying her best to behave like a normal person, and let herself be the same Alice.

Sick people will be more sensitive and vulnerable. She is very frightened in her heart, but at the same time comforts herself against fear and works hard to live. Alice doesn't want the sympathy of her family, nor does she want to be a burden to her family, but deep down, she really wants the care of her family, especially her husband's company, but her children and husband have their own work and life. . She wanted her husband to focus on her for a year (the last year she was still sane), but her husband worked most of the time and moved to a different state (Minnesota) because of work, just as Alice's condition worsened (It can be seen that Alice has become old and haggard, and most of the time is in a state of forgetting everything and not recognizing people).

This is not to say that John (husband) doesn't love her, there are many factors, the family needs financial resources, John can go to a better team, and he can find more advanced treatment methods at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. But to put it bluntly, these are just excuses, more because John loves the smart and perfect Alice more. He is unwilling to sacrifice himself to take care of his lover who is gradually becoming a "doll". He said, always remember the Alice in the past, it can be seen that he can't fully accept the current Alice who is demented, old and ugly.

Alice's three children also have their own characteristics. The eldest daughter inherits Alice's excellence and John's "indifference". She supports her father to go to Mingzhou very much. The son is still studying and doesn't make many appearances. He seems to be a top student who changes girlfriends frequently. They also love Alice very much and often come back to see her, but they seem to care more on the surface and never really care about Alice's inner thoughts.

The little daughter played by Xiao K seems to be a bohemian and very individual artist, but she pays great attention to the subtle changes and inner activities of her mother. The eldest daughter blamed the younger daughter for going to a far city for work and not often coming back to see her mother, but when John went to Mingzhou and Alice did not want to leave together, the younger daughter played by Xiao K gave up her job and stayed at home to take care of Ali. The eldest daughter has inherited Alice's strength and excellence, while the younger daughter has been worrying about acting and is unwilling to go to college. She is considered the "most unpromising" in the family, and these two are considered as the control group.

Alice and her little daughter seem to have different ideas and a close relationship, but in the second half, they can find their unique way of getting along. Although I don't agree with what you said, it doesn't affect my love for you. After Ali fell ill, it was like splitting an independent world. At first, there was a bridge between this world and real life, but as time passed quickly, the bridge gradually disappeared, and Ali became a person living a lonely life in this world. Sadly Yes, her subject consciousness is also gradually disappearing, and on the day when all consciousness dissipates, she will become a soulless puppet. The youngest daughter is trying to break into Ali's world and make that consciousness disappear slowly.

I'm trying to play Ali, John and the kids. If I were them, what would I choose? This is really a test of human nature.

In the movie, Ali's speech at the Alzheimer's Association is very touching. Her frankness, bravery, positivity, her thinking, her love for her family, etc., are very memorable. I am particularly impressed by one of the sentences, Live in the moment, and not beat myself up too much for mastering the art of losing. I think this sentence reflects Alice's attitude, live in the moment, and don't worry too much about her upcoming loss , including John's departure, perhaps, Alice had expected.

At the end, the younger daughter reads the script to her. Ali doesn't have many words to say anymore, but she reads out the "love" expressed by the main theme of the script. I think this is also what the movie wants to express. The younger daughter's "love" to her love", the family's "love" for her, and her "love" for her family.

For better or for worse, smart or stupid, I am still Alice.

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Extended Reading
  • Darion 2021-12-01 08:01:26

    The star map is more subversive, and Alice is more delicate. Without Moore, this piece has only two stars.

  • Charlie 2022-04-01 09:01:04

    In the end, the youngest daughter read Alice a line from an American angel: nothing will disappear forever. There is a painful process in the world. We are attached to the past and dream of the future. In the process of Alice's memory gradually disappearing, people around her have more and more deep memories of Alice. Even if Alzheimer took away her from the past, she is still everyone's Alice.

Still Alice quotes

  • Dr. Alice Howland: I need something to read.

    Dr. John Howland: I thought you were reading Moby Dick.

    Dr. Alice Howland: Yeah, I was. But I got tired of reading the same page over and over again. I can't focus.

    Dr. John Howland: Well, that happens to me when I read Moby Dick too.

  • Dr. Alice Howland: When I was, um, a little girl, like, in second grade, my teacher told me butterflies don't live a long time. They live, like, a month. And I was so upset, and I went home, and I told my mother, and she said: "Yeah, but, you know, they have a nice life. They have a really beautiful life." So now it always makes me think about my mother's life, and my sister's life. And to a certain extent, you know, my own.