Two nights before I had watched Julianne Moore in Maps to the Stars -A David Cronenberg film, where she was just as fantastic as she was in this and a great many films she has been in.
Alice is married to her husband John(Alec Baldwin) who is a very loving and compassionate husband, not your typical stereotype of a man in a film such as this. He has an undying love for his wife , never do we guess he has other intentions for her but what might be the best care for her in her last days.
The entire cast of the film are equally as compassionate for the best for Alice.
From the opening scene we get an idea of how well she loves others and is loved in return. It is her 50th birthday and celebrates it with a vigor for life, it is a great way to show the strength of her character as the introduction.
As the films progresses we see the disease that is alzheimer's -it is handled so well in this film , for me a scary look into what is happening at an alarming rate across the globe.
At one point Alice that she wishes she had cancer instead as they wear ribbons , run races and raise money for it-John just accepts what she has to say.
Because the two lead actors are so convincing in their roles and the subtle actions between them , in a scene that could have been a mess instead is so small yet powerful.
They are going for a run and Alice has to pee -the next few minutes she is checking door after door to find the washroom, she pauses and starts to get upset. John calls for her and she says she couldn't find the bathroom, she starts to cry. He holds her and simply says , let's clean you up.
The scene is below:
This is some powerful cinema and eye opening I am sure a good number of the scenes are created for dramatic affect , regardless it works because they make it all so believable in every aspect.
This is not a movie of the week disease movie, there are compassionate people in this film as I am sure as many as there would be for someone that they might know suffering this horrible disease.
This of course does not just affect her husband , but also their three children that because she has a rare type of the disease it is transferable between her and possibly one of her children. This is another matter that is also handled very well.
I applaud Julianne Moore for her ability to play strong women always in her films, with the role of the women often being overlooked for a superhero or another action star she remains a strong light for the strength in film for women, that should be more celebrated than it usually is at times.
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