I see the words hanging in front of me and I can't reach them and I don't know who I am and I don't know what I am going to lose next. There have been other films which have briefly visited this mind crippling disease before: The Notebook, the tear-jerking moments when Noah (James Garner) reads to his wife Allie (Gena Rowlands) their love story which she can no longer remember or the one reading it to her. Still Alice plunges even deeper to the effects and aftermath of Alzheimers. There are many scenes which will have you shedding tears because Moore perfectly shows what happens to an intelligent person when they begin to lose control of their life and the effects it has on her family. A vital fact is that one of her children will genetically inherit the disease and they all have to be tested. When the results are in and Alice apologizes to the one who has been told will get Alzheimer's, it is a heartbreaking scene: knowing that one of her dearest children will die because of her illness.... This is not an easy review to write because I have witnessed first-hand the devastating effect of this disease when my brother was diagnosed with it. What is different in Alice's case is that she is younger than most sufferers, but I can honestly tell you that Julianne Moore gives a truthful and painful account of the mental breakdown that slowly impairs and destroys one's lifestyle. As Alice expresses her feelings while she is still capable of doing so: I am not suffering. I am struggling, struggling to be part of things, to stay connected to who I once was. So live in the moment, that's all I can do live in the moment. She stares into space...a space that has people in it who seem to know her...and sometimes she remembers them...and those moments are precious, but they are becoming more and more infrequent. All the supporting cast are excellent: Alec Baldwin, who seems to get better with age like a vintage wine. Kristen Thomas who has to deliver a speech in a play which shows the talent of this fine young actress and a great future that she will have. Kate Bosworth is at her best, giving a subtle and delicate performance. But of course it is Julianne Moore who deserves and will gain, I am certain, justifying plaudits for an outstanding and memorable moment in film history. 7
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