Charmed life turns to a far distant memory

Still Alice with Julianne Moore as Alice Howland. Photo: PA Photo/Sony
Still Alice with Julianne Moore as Alice Howland. Photo: PA Photo/Sony

Memories are twinkling stars, and some dim naturally over time, such as first experiences from childhood, while others are temporarily obscured by the fog of modern life, like when we forget a friend’s birthday.

Alzheimer’s is an incurable neurodegenerative disease that slowly robs a patient of the ability to see these stars and chart a safe passage back to the people they love.

Names and faces of friends and family fade to black.

For those left behind, staring into the unblinking eyes of a close relative who no longer recognises you, is an anguish that defies words.

Julianne Moore delivers an Oscar-winning performance as forty-something mother and celebrated linguistics professor Alice Howland faced with an early diagnosis of this cruel disease.

Alice begins to forget simple vocabulary and seeks guidance from family medic, Dr Benjamin (Stephen Kunken).

He rules out tumours or a stroke but suspects that Alice is exhibiting the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Anchored by Moore’s spellbinding work, Still Alice is a modern family portrait that will strike an unsettling chord.