Living with Alzheimer's

Noah 2022-04-23 07:01:58

Still Alice (2014)
2014 / USA France / Drama / Richard Glazerwash Westmoreland / Julianne Moore Kate Bosworth

I actually saw this movie after reading the reviews. So I actually watched this film twice? I saw it a long time ago, the timeline may be a little confusing

Everyone is exchanging gifts

The story takes place in an ordinary family, Alice is a university professor, the male protagonist is the boss, and the two have three children each. The eldest daughter, the second son, and the youngest daughter.

Alice returned to university to start her speech after playing in the car after dinner to find letters to form words

During the speech, the hostess forgot her words and teased that she shouldn't drink that glass of wine

The heroine didn't take this seriously. The next day, Alice suddenly forgot her direction while running in the morning. She walked slowly when she saw the ice cream she liked, and then she relaxed and went to visit. After having a meal together, the hostess hoped that the youngest daughter could give up the theater to find a serious job, and the two broke up unhappily.

At Christmas, Alice starts to prepare dinner, memorizing words quickly as she cooks. The whole family came back, the eldest son brought back his girlfriend, and Alice continued to work after asking her name

The hostess is cooking dinner

When everything was almost the same, Alice showed up at the table with the biscuits in the bowl and asked her girlfriend's name again, but she obviously didn't remember asking her name before.

eating while chatting

After everyone put down the dishes, Alice announced something.

"I'm very sorry to tell you that I was diagnosed with Alzheimer's after seeing a doctor. It's a genetic disease, so sorry kids."

Everyone was shocked. In their opinion, how could Alice, who has a successful career and caring for her children, be entangled by this disease.

And the father said

"This is a familial genetic disease, characterized by gradually forgetting your past. After comparing, we confirmed that it was inherited by your grandfather."

The second son left the table very unhappy, and everyone left the table in an instant.

Alice did not give up on herself, she continued her previous life, running in the morning, teaching, and preparing meals for her family.

But after taking the class again, she found that she had forgotten the class she was going to teach. She looked at the courseware with a blank face. Finally, the school let her take a break, and her class would be taken over by other teachers.

She began to forget things more and more. The once confident and beautiful woman became unconfident, her pace was slow, and she often couldn't find her way. While the male protagonist took care of her, he let other children come to see her more.

While Alice was walking down the road, the eldest daughter called to say that she might also have the disease. The good news is that the child can be medically checked for the possibility of hereditary. After Alice hung up the phone, her eyes were particularly sad, and her heart resonated.

Later, she read her daughter's diary, and the two had a big fight. The next day, Alice asked us what happened? The little girl replied that nothing happened.

The daughter invited the whole family to watch her theater performance and contributed her wonderful performances. Alice was moved. She did not remember that she did not support her daughter's dream, but supported her. Alzheimer's affected her too much.

In the end, the male protagonist got a better job, which also showed that he could no longer take care of Alice. When the younger daughter knocked on the door, he hugged her daughter and cried and said sorry. But he still left. The last last little daughter read Alice's favorite book. The story ends.

Throughout the film, Alice went from a successful career model to a patient who needs to be looked after, showing us the cruelty of Alzheimer's disease and the warmth of family......

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Extended Reading

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.

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