Still Alice

slill aliceHad the honor of watching Julianne Moore’s Oscar-winning performance in Still Alice being released Tuesday on disk and streaming. What a beautiful and heartfelt film. First I’d like to mention the directing/writing team of Richard Glazer and Wash Westmoreland, partners in life and in art. Richard died from ALS shortly after Moore received her Oscar. Still Alice becomes all the more poignant realizing this will be their final film together. I loved Quinceañera – a truly lovely indie film. But Still Alice rises to a whole other level. From the gorgeous cinematography of Denis Lenoir to the editing of Nicolas Chaudeurge and of course Glazer and Westmoreland’s script and direction – pitch perfect. Not a moment wasted. Moore’s quiet performance is masterful. I can’t help but feel a connection between Alice and Carol from Todd Haynes’ Safe. Haynes is thanked in the credits so perhaps there is a psychic cinematic link between the characters. The supporting cast holds their own next to Moore including Alec Baldwin appropriately toned down, Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish (Weeds), and a luminous Kristen Stewart who proves there’s more to her than falling in love with vampires. Of course Still Alice is a tragic disease film. But the delicacy and intelligence displayed in the execution by all creates an elegant film. The quiet connections to AIDS did not go unnoticed. I loved everything about Still Alice. 5 out of 5.

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