Author Lisa Genova on 'Still Alice' becoming a Movie Lisa Genova Discusses Still Alice Novelist Lisa Genova Reveals The Inspiration For Her New Book. Bestselling Author Lisa Genova Discusses Her Main Character A. Get to Know Author Lisa Genova Lisa Genova Discusses Her Debut Novel Still Alice Author Lisa Genova: Revealed In Lisa Genovaâ€™s extraordinary New York Times bestselling novel, an accomplished woman slowly loses her thoughts and memories to Alzheimerâ€™s diseaseâ€”only to discover that each day brings a new way of living and still alice.
Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart! Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life.
As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimerâ€™s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away.
In turns heartbreaking, inspiring, and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what itâ€™s like to literally lose your mind. Reminiscent of A Beautiful Mind, Ordinary People, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Still Alice packs a powerful emotional punch and marks the arrival of a strong new voice in fiction.
Offer redeemable at Simon & Schuster's ebook fulfillment partner. Must redeem within 90 days. See full terms and conditions and this month's choices. Discussion Questions: 1. When Alice becomes disoriented in Harvard Square, a place she's visited daily for twenty-five years, why doesn't she tell John? Is she too afraid to face a possible illness, worried about his possible reaction, or some other reason?
2. After first learning she has Alzheimer's disease, "the sound of her name penetrated her every cell and seemed to scatter her molecules beyond the boundaries of her own skin. She watched herself from the far corner of the room" (pg. 70). What do you think of Alice's reaction to the diagnosis?
Why does she disassociate herself to the extent that she feels she's having an out-of-body experience? 3. Do you find irony in the fact that Alice, a Harvard professor and researcher, suffers from a disease that causes still alice brain to atrophy?
Why do you think the author, Lisa Genova, chose this profession? How does her past academic success affect Alice's ability, and her family's, to cope with Alzheimer's? 4. "He refused to watch her take her medication. He could be mid-sentence, mid-conversation, but if she got out her plastic, days-of-the-week pill container, he left the room" (pg.
89). Is John's reaction understandable? What might be the significance of him frequently fiddling with his wedding ring when Alice's health is discussed?
5. When Alice's three children, Anna, Tom and Lydia, find out they can be tested for the genetic mutation that causes Alzheimer's, only Still alice decides she doesn't want to know.
Why does she decline? Would you want to know if you had the gene? 6. Why is her mother's butterfly necklace so important to Alice? Is it only because she misses her mother?
Does Alice feel a connection to butterflies beyond the necklace? 7. Alice decides she wants to spend her remaining time with her family and her books.
Considering her devotion and passion for her work, why doesn't her research make the list of priorities? Does Alice most identify herself as a mother, wife, or scholar? 8. Were you surprised at Alice's plan to overdose on sleeping pills once her disease progressed to an advanced stage?
Is this decision in character? Why does she make this difficult choice? If they found out, would her family approve? 9. As the symptoms worsen, Alice begins to feel like she's living in one of Lydia's plays: "(Interior of Doctor's Office. The neurologist left the room. The still alice spun his ring. The woman hoped for a cure.)" (pg. 141). Is this thought process a sign of the disease, or does pretending it's not happening to her make it still alice for Alice to deal with reality?
10. Do Alice's relationships with her children differ? Why does she read Lydia's diary? And does Lydia decide to attend college only to honor her mother? 11. Alice's mother and sister died when she was only a freshman in college, and yet Alice has to keep reminding herself they're not about to walk through the door.
As the symptoms worsen, why does Alice think more about her mother and sister? Is it because her older memories are more accessible, is she thinking of happier times, or is she worried about her own mortality?
12. Alice and the members of her support group, Mary, Cathy, and Dan, all discuss how their reputations suffered prior to their diagnoses because people thought they were being difficult or possibly had substance abuse problems. Is preserving their legacies one of the biggest obstacles to people suffering from Alzheimer's disease?
What examples are there of people still respecting Alice's wishes, and at what times is she ignored? 13. "One last sabbatical year together. She wouldn't trade that in for anything. Apparently, he would" (pg. 223). Why does John decide to keep working? Is it fair for him to seek the job in New York considering Alice probably won't know her whereabouts by the time they move? Is he correct when he tells the children she would not want him to sacrifice his work? 14. Why does Lisa Genova choose to end the novel with John reading that Amylix, still alice medicine that Alice was taking, failed to stabilize Alzheimer's patients?
Why does this news cause John to cry? 15. Alice's doctor tells her, "You may not be the most reliable source of what's been going on" (pg. 54). Yet, Lisa Genova chose to tell the story from Alice's point of view. As Alice's disease worsens, her perceptions indeed get less reliable.
Why would the author choose to stay in Alice's perspective? What do we gain, and what do we lose? Enhance Your Book Club: 1. If you'd like to learn more about Alzheimer's or help those suffering from the disease, please visit www.actionalz.org or www.alz.org.
2. The Harvard University setting plays an important role in Still Alice. If you live in the Cambridge area, hold your meeting in one of the Harvard Square cafÅ½s. If not, you can still alice a virtual tour of the university at: http://www.hno.harvard.edu/tour/guide.html 3. In order to help her mother, Lydia makes a documentary of the Still alice lives. Make one of your own family and then share the videos with the group. 4. To learn more about Still Alice, please visit www.lisagenova.com.
About The Author Lisa Genova Acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of still alice science, Lisa Genova is the New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love Anthony, Inside the O’Briens, and Remember. Still Alice was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart. Lisa graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University.
She travels worldwide speaking about the neurological diseases she writes about and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Today, PBS NewsHour, CNN, and NPR.
Her TED talk, What You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer's, has been viewed over 2 million times. Product Details â€œBecause the full, internal experience of Alzheimerâ€™s is an account that fiction alone can deliver, itâ€™s no surprise that the go-to book for caretakers and early-stage sufferers is a novel.
Offer redeemable at Simon & Schuster's ebook fulfillment partner. Must redeem within 90 days. See full terms and conditions and this month's choices. Running time 101 minutes  Country United States Language English Budget $4 million Box office $44.8 million Still Alice is a 2014 American drama film written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland and based on the 2007 novel by Lisa Genova.
It stars Julianne Moore as Alice Howland, a linguistics professor diagnosed with familial Alzheimer's disease shortly after her 50th birthday. Alec Baldwin plays her husband, John, and Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish play her children. Glatzer and Westmoreland were approached by Lex Lutzus and James Brown to adapt Genova's novel in 2011, when Glatzer had just been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Moore was their first choice for the lead role. She researched Alzheimer's disease for months to prepare for the role. The film was shot in New York in March 2014, with a budget of still alice million. Still Alice had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2014.
It was one of several films stolen in the Sony Pictures hack incident and leaked online on November 27, 2014. The film was released theatrically on January 16, 2015, and grossed $43.9 million at the international box office. It received critical acclaim, with praise for Moore's performance which won numerous awards including the Academy Award for Best Actress. She dedicated her Academy Award win to Glatzer, who died from ALS in March 2015.
The film was included among the year's top ten independent films by the National Board of Review. Contents • 1 Plot • 2 Cast • 3 Production • 4 Release • 4.1 Piracy • 5 Reception • 5.1 Critical response • 5.2 Accolades • 6 References • 7 External links Plot [ edit ] Alice Howland, a linguistics professor at Columbia University, celebrates her 50th birthday with her physician husband John and their three adult children.
After she forgets a word during a lecture and becomes lost during a jog on campus, Alice's doctor diagnoses her with early onset familial Alzheimer's disease.
Alice's elder daughter, Anna, and son, Tom, take a genetic test to find out if they will develop the disease. Alice's younger daughter Lydia, an aspiring actress, decides not to still alice tested. As Alice's memory begins to fade, she daydreams of her mother and sister, who died in a car crash when she was a teenager.
She memorizes still alice and sets a series of personal questions on her phone, which she answers every morning. She hides sleeping pills in her room, and records a video message instructing her future self to commit suicide by overdosing on the pills when she can no longer answer the personal questions. As her disease advances, she becomes unable to give focused still alice and loses her job.
She also becomes lost searching for the bathroom in her own vacation home and does not recognize Still alice after seeing her perform in a play. John is offered a job at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Alice asks him to postpone accepting the job, but he feels this is impossible. At her doctor's suggestion, Alice delivers a speech at an Alzheimer's conference about her experience with the disease, using a highlighter to remind herself which parts of the speech she has already spoken, and receives a standing ovation.
Alice begins to have difficulty answering the questions on her phone. At one point, she loses the phone and becomes distressed; John finds it a month later in the freezer, but Alice thinks it has only been missing for a day.
Alice and John visit Anna (who receives a positive test result) in the hospital to meet their newborn twin grandchildren, but Alice does not recognize her daughter. After a video call with Lydia, Alice inadvertently opens the video with the suicide instructions. With some difficulty, she finds the pills and is about to swallow them, but when she is interrupted by the arrival of her caregiver, she drops the pills on the floor and forgets what she was doing.
John, unable to watch his wife continue to deteriorate, moves to Minnesota. Lydia, who has been living in California, moves back home to care for Alice. Lydia reads her a section of the play Angels in America and asks her what she thinks it is about. Alice, barely able to speak, responds with a single word: "love".
Cast [ edit ] • Julianne Moore as Alice Daly Howland • Alec Baldwin as John Howland • Kristen Stewart as Lydia Howland • Kate Bosworth as Anna Howland-Jones • Hunter Parrish as Tom Howland • Shane McRae as Charlie Jones • Stephen Kunken as Dr.
Benjamin • Victoria Cartagena as Professor Hooper • Seth Gilliam as Frederic Johnson • Daniel Gerroll as Eric Wellman • Erin Darke as Jenny • Kristin Macomber as Anne • Caridad Montanez as Elena • Eha Urbsalu as Mrs. Daly, Alice's mother (in flashbacks) Production [ edit ] Still Alice is based on a novel of the same name published in 2007.
The novel was written by Lisa Genova, a neuroscientist who was inspired by her grandmother's development of Alzheimer's disease to write about the disease from a firsthand perspective. British film producers Lex Lutzus and James Brown bought the rights to a film adaptation of the novel and pitched the project to their friends, filmmaking partners and married couple Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland,  in 2011.
 Glatzer and Westmoreland were initially hesitant to write and direct the film because Glatzer had just been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); they thought that writing about Alzheimer's disease, another neurodegenerative disease, "may be a little too close to the bone".
  They ultimately took up the offer and wrote a screenplay based on Genova's novel in early 2012.  Elements of the story were lifted from Glatzer's experience with ALS and Westmoreland's role as his primary caregiver.
 Julianne Moore was Glatzer and Westmoreland's first choice for the lead role.   Moore prepared for the role over four months, watching documentaries about Alzheimer's disease.
She met with Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns, the co-producer of the film and the head of The Judy Fund, which partners with the Alzheimer's Association in the fight to cure Alzheimer's Disease. Introductions were made to Dr. Mary Sano, the director of Alzheimer's disease research at Mount Sinai Hospital. Through Skype, she talked to three women with early-onset Alzheimer's disease; she also visited a support group for women with Alzheimer's disease and a long-term care facility for Alzheimer's patients.
She also undertook the cognitive testing used for diagnosing dementia with a neuropsychiatrist.  Moore suggested Alec Baldwin to play Alice's husband, still alice they had previously worked together on the sitcom 30 Rock.  Kate Bosworth was cast after she told Glatzer and Westmoreland "how important and personal the subject matter was" to her; she had still alice members with Alzheimer's disease and, after reading Genova's book, set out to become involved in the film adaptation.
 Principal photography took place in New York over 23 days in March 2014. Most of the film was shot in a townhouse on West 162nd Street in Manhattan.  Some scenes were filmed in an apartment building in Yonkers and a senior's home in Hastings-on-Hudson.  The film was shot by French cinematographer Denis Lenoir, whom Glatzer and Westmoreland had met at a film screening in 1999; they had wanted to work with him ever since.
 During filming, Glatzer and Westmoreland attempted to divide the directing duties equally between themselves, even though Glatzer's physical condition had deteriorated to the point that he could only communicate by typing on an iPad with a single finger.
 The production's $4 million budget  was funded by the French financier BSM Studio.  Post-production on the film was completed ten days before its premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  The score was composed by Ilan Eshkeri, who wanted to work on Still Alice because of his experience with people affected by Still alice disease in his personal life. He had worked on several Alzheimer's-related projects before, including the 2012 film Ashes, Tim Wheeler's 2014 album Lost Domain, and an advertising campaign for the Alzheimer's Society;  he said of working on Still Alice, "in many ways this was a culmination of an artistic expression of something that has deeply touched me."  Eshkeri wrote the score to be performed on piano, which he intended to represent Alice's family life, and by a string trio, of which he thought the challenge of composition was similar to "the challenge of coping with the disease".
 Release [ edit ] Still Alice had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2014.  Sony Pictures Classics, which bought the U.S. distribution rights for the film, gave it a one-week release in December 2014 so that it would qualify for that year's Academy Awards.
 After making the deal with Sony, Westmoreland and Glatzer were eager to have the film released as early as possible, partly because of Glatzer's declining health.
 The film began its proper theatrical run with a limited release on January 16, 2015, earning $197,000 from 12 locations on its opening weekend. On February 20, it was given a wide release, expanding to 765 theaters across the U.S. Overall, the film grossed $18,754,371 over 14 weeks in American theaters.
It earned $25,130,281 in other countries for a worldwide gross of $43,884,652.  Piracy [ edit ] The film was part of the confidential data stolen in the Sony Pictures hack incident; it was leaked onto peer-to-peer file sharing websites on November 27, 2014, over a month ahead of its scheduled release.
Along with it came Fury and three other unreleased Sony Pictures films ( Annie, Mr. Turner, and To Write Love on Her Arms). Within three days of the leak, Still Alice had been downloaded by an estimated 103,832 unique IP addresses.  Reception [ edit ] Critical response [ edit ] Julianne Moore's performance garnered widespread critical acclaim and won her the Academy Award for Best Actress, the first of her career after four previous nominations.
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Still Alice has a "Certified Fresh" rating of 85% based on 206 reviews, with an average rating of 7.40/10. The site's consensus reads, "Elevated by a gripping performance from Julianne Moore, Still Alice is a heartfelt drama that honors its delicate themes with bravery and sensitivity."  On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 reviews from film critics, the film has a score of 72 out of 100, based on 41 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
 Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers wrote of "the blazing artistry" of Moore's performance, which he said was "alive with ferocity and feeling and committed to truth".
 Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle described Moore's portrayal of Alice as "convincing, disturbing and personal",  while Entertainment Weekly 's Chris Nashawaty cited it as being "among her most devastating performances".
 In a review for The Globe and Mail, Liam Lacey wrote of her "transparent emotional presence", though he felt that "the part [of Alice] barely scratches the surface of her ability".  The Daily Telegraph critic Tim Robey felt that Moore's "astonishingly delicate and sad" performance was one of her career highlights, and characterized the film as a whole as "gorgeous [and] piercing".
 Empire magazine's David Hughes gave Still Alice five out of five stars, highlighting Moore's "note-perfect performance" and Glatzer and Westmoreland's "sensitivity and scalpel-sharp precision".  Deborah Young, reviewing the film for The Hollywood Reporter, praised the directors' "restrained, understated approach" to the story, which she saw as "the best insurance against sloppy sentimentality".  The Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan attributed still alice film's success to Moore and Stewart's ability "to keep things honest" despite parts of it still alice "contrived and overly familiar".
 Peter Debruge of Variety complimented Glatzer and Westmoreland's "dignified" and still alice approach to the subject matter, as well as their decision to tell the story from Alice's point of view.
 Other critics gave the film lukewarm reviews. A. O. Scott of The New York Times praised Moore's and Stewart's performances, but felt that the story was "too removed from life to carry the full measure of pain that Alice deserves".
 The New Yorker critic Anthony Lane criticized Glatzer and Westmoreland for "flinch[ing]" when it came to showing Alice's deterioration and its effect on her family, and found the film's sentimental aspects "manipulativeâ€”and effective".  The Austin Chronicle still alice Josh Kupecki gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars, finding it clichÃ©d and melodramatic, and likening it to a public service announcement.
 Richard Roeper, writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, described Moore as giving "a four-star performance in a two-star movie", drawing attention to the "intrusive" score and the "maddeningly overwrought and heavy-handed" storytelling.
 Accolades [ edit ] For her performance as Alice Howland, Julianne Moore won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics' Choice Movie Award. Still Alice marked her first Academy Award win after four previous nominations.
 Although she was widely considered to be the Best Actress frontrunner in anticipation of the Academy Awards ceremony,  some critics felt that Still Alice was not among Moore's greatest performances and did not deserve to win.
  Moore dedicated her Academy Award win to Glatzer, who died from ALS several weeks later on March 10, 2015.  List of accolades Award / Film Festival Category Recipient(s) Result Academy Awards  Best Actress Julianne Moore Won Alliance of Women Film Journalists  Best Actress Won AACTA International Awards  Best Lead Actress Won British Academy Film Awards  Best Actress in a Leading Role Won Chicago Film Critics Association Awards  Best Actress Won Critics' Choice Movie Awards  Best Actress Won Dallasâ€“Fort Worth Film Critics Association  Best Actress Runner-up Detroit Film Critics Society  Best Actress Nominated Dorian Awards  Best Actress Won Dublin Film Critics' Circle  Best Actress Won Florida Film Critics Circle  Still alice Actress Runner-up Golden Globe Awards  Best Actress in a Motion Picture â€“ Drama Won Gotham Independent Film Awards  Best Actress Won Hollywood Film Awards  Hollywood Actress Award Won Houston Film Critics Society  Best Actress Won Humanitas Prize  Feature Film Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer Won Independent Spirit Awards  Best Female Lead Julianne Moore Won Irish Film & Television Awards  International Actress Won London Film Critics Circle Awards  Actress of the Year Won Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards  Best Actress Runner-up MPSE Golden Reel Awards  Feature English Language â€“ Dialogue/ADR Javier Bennassar Nominated National Board of Review  Best Actress Julianne Moore Won Top 10 Independent Films Still Alice Won National Society of Film Critics  Best Actress Julianne Moore Runner-up Online Film Critics Society  Best Actress Nominated Palm Springs International Film Still alice  Desert Palm Achievement Award Won San Francisco Film Critics Circle  Best Actress Won Satellite Awards  Best Actress â€“ Motion Picture Won Screen Actors Guild Awards  Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Won St.
Louis Gateway Film Critics Association  Best Actress Nominated Teen Choice Awards  Choice Movie Actress: Drama Kristen Stewart Nominated Toronto Film Critics Association  Best Actress Julianne Moore Runner-up Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association  Best Actress Won Women Film Critics Circle  Best Actress Won Courage in Acting Won Best Movie About Women Still Alice Won References [ edit ] • ^ "Still Alice (12A)".
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Jump to: • Summaries (7) • Synopsis (1) Summaries • A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.
• Alice Howland is a renowned linguistics professor happily married with three grown children. All that begins to change when she strangely starts to forget words and then more. When her doctor diagnoses her with Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family's lives face a harrowing challenge as this terminal degenerative neurological ailment slowly progresses to an inevitable conclusion they all dread.
Along still alice way, Alice struggles to not only to fight the inner decay, but still alice make the most of her remaining time to find the love and peace to make simply living worthwhile.
— Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org) • Dr. Alice Howland is a renowned linguistics professor at Columbia University. When words begin to escape her and she starts becoming lost on her daily jogs, Alice must come face-to-face with a devastating diagnosis: early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
As the once-vibrant woman struggles to hang on to her sense of self for as long as possible, Alice's three grown children must watch helplessly as their mother disappears more and more with each passing day. — Jwelch5742 • The respected and otherwise healthy Linguistics professor, Alice Howland, is a fifty-year-old mother of three, an accomplished scholar, and a tragic victim of early-onset Alzheimer's.
Only after a deceptively innocent slip of the tongue, a short-term memory loss during a lecture, and a disorientation attack inside the campus will it become clear that Alice, indeed, is suffering from this hereditary disease. To make matters worse--as if things weren't bad enough--Alice slowly drowns inside her mind, knowing that, not only will she cease to recognise her beloved children, but she may also be the one who could pass the condition on them.
Under those circumstances, as Alice's tragedy gradually unfolds, the rapid degeneration of the disease will steadily force the condemned mother to turn invisible, and almost disappear within her self.
Will Alice find the strength to fight, when every moment counts? — Nick Riganas • Coinciding with her fiftieth birthday, Columbia University based Alice Howland, one of the preeminent academics in the field of linguistics, uncharacteristically begins to have the occasional lapse in memory, it arguably not recognizing any of her surroundings while out for a regular run around campus that makes her worry about the diagnosis from the neurologist, who she has not yet told anyone she is seeing.
With her fellow Columbia University academic husband John Howland ultimately by her side, she does receive the diagnosis that she is suffering from early onset Alzheimer's, a rare form genetically transmitted, which will have obvious consequences for their three offspring, especially now for eldest daughter Anna Howland-Jones, she and her husband Charlie Howland-Jones who are trying to have a child.
Dealing with the effects of the disease will affect all the Howlands, but beyond Alice herself, it is John on who the greatest effect will be felt as Alice's primary caregiver and as he and Alice have to make decisions affecting their lives, both personally and professionally.
Although the furthest away geographically, their youngest daughter, Lydia Howland, who is trying to make it as an actor in Los Angeles, may be most affected by Alice's actions, as Lydia has always resisted Alice's pressures to go to college, if even in drama, as a fallback to the acting.
As Alice still alice begins to see and understand how the disease is affecting her day-to-day life, she, without divulging her plans, takes steps early in the diagnosis to ensure that she deals with the still alice of the disease on her own terms. — Huggo • Alice Howland, a linguistics professor at Columbia University, celebrates still alice 50th birthday with her physician husband John and their three adult children.
After she forgets a word during a lecture and becomes lost during a jog on campus, Alice's doctor diagnoses still alice with early onset familial Alzheimer's disease. Alice's eldest daughter, Anna, and son, Tom, take a genetic test to find out if they will develop the disease.
Alice's younger daughter Lydia, an aspiring actress, decides not to be tested. As Alice's memory begins to fade, she daydreams of her mother and sister, who died in a car crash when she was a teenager.
She memorizes words and sets a series of personal questions on her phone, which she answers every morning. She hides sleeping pills in her room, and records a video message instructing her future self to swallow the pills when she can no longer answer the questions. As her disease advances, she becomes unable to give focused lectures and loses her job. She becomes lost searching for the bathroom in her own home and does not recognize Lydia after seeing her perform in a play.
• Fifty-year-old Alice Howland leads a seemingly perfect life, with a happy marriage and three grown children, and a successful career as a renowned linguistics professor. However, that life is turned upside down when she starts forgetting words, before receiving a devastating diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease.
This puts Alice and her family through the test, as she struggles to remain the woman she once was. Spoilers The synopsis below may give away important plot points. Synopsis • It's Alice's (Julianne Moore) 50th birthday party at a fancy restaurant.
She is there with still alice husband (Alec Baldwin) and children. Her daughter Lydia is unable to come due to an audition. Alice is waiting to be introduced at UCLA as a guest speaker in a Linguistics class. She is world renowned in her field. She starts her talk about how babies learn to speak and past tense irregular verbs. Suddenly, she forgets what she's saying and seems to just lose her train of thought.
Later she's in the car playing words with friends. She goes to visit her daughter Lydia (Kristen Stewart) and they go out to eat. Lydia talks about her career as an actress and Alice tries to talk her out of it and back to going to college.
Alice comes home to an empty house, (she lives in NYC) and decides to go for a jog. She suddenly stops and forgets where she is. She seems upset and tries to compose herself. After a few minutes she remembers where she is and heads home. Her husband is there and she's upset that he is helping fund their daughter's theater company. Alice goes to the doctor and tells him about her memory problems.
He does some memory exercises and asks her about her parents. She does well except for one test. She thinks she has a brain tumor and he decides to do a precautionary MRI. Alice is at home preparing Christmas dinner and doing some practice memory exercises herself. As people arrive she forgets little things like the name of a kitchen utensil. Lydia and her siblings come home also all making small talk.
During dinner Alice reintroduces herself to her son's girlfriend Jenny, confusing her, as they've already met. She goes back to the doctor who says her MRI is fine but he wants to do a PET scan to check for early onset Alzheimer's Disease due to her memory issues.
Going on with their daily lives, Alice is very upset over the possibility of having the disease. She decides to tell her husband what's going on.
He's in complete denial and she has a meltdown. They go to the neurologist together and he gives them the bad news. He wants to test her and her children for the gene. They tell the children and they take the test. Her oldest daughter Anna (Kate Bosworth) is positive (meaning she will eventually develop the disease). She has been going for fertility treatments and is happy that at least they can test the embryos for the gene.
Alice sits with her boss and they read reviews from her students who say bad things about her and the course. She tells her boss she has a medical issue and comes clean. She wants to stay as long as possible in the department. After a jog she, goes to Pink Berry for frozen yogurt by herself and when she gets home John is upset because she forgot about important still alice plans.
He was worried about her. Alice goes to check out a nursing home for the elderly with Alzheimer's under the pretense of worrying about her parents. She writes a note to herself in her phone with basic questions such as what is the name of her oldest daughter, and then records herself talking to herself (to be watched later) telling herself to swallow a bottle of pills to commit suicide.
In the cell phone note it says to watch that video when she can no longer answer the basic questions. She now has to wear a bracelet that says memory impaired. She is let go from Columbia and she and John go to their beach house. They laugh and still alice about their lives together. Later, she practices answering the questions on her phone. She is becoming increasingly forgetful, asking John repeatedly about when he is going on a conference and when Lydia is coming.
They are supposed to go running but she cannot remember where the bathroom is and wets her pants. She cries as she no longer remembers where she is. John has to leave for a conference so Lydia comes to stay with her. Alice tells her a list of things she wants to see before she can't anymore, including Lydia going to college. She decides to read one of her plays that has to deal with AIDS it gives them something to talk about.
While going through the plays though, she comes across Lydia's journal and reads it, resulting in a fight. Anna is pregnant with twins. She and Lydia get into a fight over Alice. Alice remembers that she fought with Lydia but doesn't know what it was about. Lydia apologizes to her for snapping, even though Alice doesn't know what she's talking about.
They have a heart to heart about what Alice is going through. They go to her play the next night and after the show when they go backstage Alice doesn't recognize Lydia as her daughter. They go back to the doctor with concerns about the pace she is deteriorating.
She can no longer remember what a still alice is for example. She gives a speech about the disease to the Alzheimer's Association that her family is able to watch hoping for a cure. John is offered a position at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
She wants him to delay the job for a year but he can't take off a year for financial reasons. He also doesn't want to take off a year and be at home with her, watching her deteriorate. She tries to answer the questions on her phone and can no longer spell the month October. She wakes up in the middle of the night and goes to the kitchen, and is frantically looking for her phone.
She takes everything out of the drawers and John goes to her she's panicking because she doesn't have her phone which goes off every morning at 8 to ask her the questions. Anna goes to see her. Alice thinks she's her sister at first. John finds her phone - it was in the freezer with the ice cube trays. Alice thinks she was only looking for it the night before but it still alice been a whole month.
She can't remember how to tie her shoes or what to do with still alice. John wakes her up in the morning to help her get dressed. They go to see Anna in the hospital as she just had the babies but her husband is afraid to let her hold them. Back still alice home they are all trying to figure out what to do. She has a carer now - Elena. Alice is talking with Lydia via Skype, and Elena isn't there that day, leaving her all alone. She opens up the video she recorded of herself and hears the instructions about swallowing the pills.
By the time she gets to her bedroom however she already forgets what the instructions were so she has to go back downstairs and watch it again until the time comes where she actually needs still alice bring the computer with her.
As soon as she goes to take the pills Elena arrives and she drops them all, forgetting what she was even doing in the first place. John and Alice go to Pink Berry. She can't remember what still alice she usually orders and doesn't recognize Columbia. Lydia has moved back home to NY to help take care of Alice while John leaves to take the job in Minnesota. In the final scene, Lydia reads Alice a story (or monologue from a play?) and as she reads it, Alice flashes back to happy times.
Lydia asks Alice if she knew what it was about. Alice cannot speak well anymore, and mumbles that it was about love. They hug and we are to presume that Alice continues to deteriorate. Details • Full Cast and Crew • Release Dates • Official Sites • Company Credits • Filming & Production • Technical Specs Did You Know? • Trivia • Goofs • Crazy Credits • Quotes • Alternate Versions • Connections • Soundtracks Photo & Video • Photo Gallery • Trailers still alice Videos Opinion • Awards • FAQ • User Reviews • User Ratings • External Reviews • Metacritic Reviews TV • TV Schedule Related Items • News • Showtimes • External Sites • Drama A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.
A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Alice Howland is a renowned linguistics professor happily married with three grown children.
All that begins to change when she strangely starts to forget words and then more. When her doctor diagnoses her with Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family's lives still alice a harrowing challenge as this terminal degenerative neurological ailment slowly progresses to an inevitable conclusion they all dread. Along the way, Alice struggles to not only to fight the inner decay, but to make the most of her remaining time to find the love and peace to make simply living worthwhile.
â€” Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com) When Alice's daughter, Anna, shares with the family still alice she is pregnant, she says she is five weeks along and already knows still alice expecting a boy and a girl. Babies don't develop reproductive organs until about the 7th week, but Anna had a genetic screen of the embryos done prior to implantation, which would have included sex information.
Dr. Alice Howland: Good morning. It's an honor to still alice 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 still alice.
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?
Still alice strange behavior and fumbled sentences change other's perception of us and our perception of ourselves. We become ridiculous, incapable, comic. But this is still alice 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. "So live in the moment I tell myself, it really is all I can do, live in the moment." Still Alice is a film that touches delicate subject matters, which sometimes don't make for a compelling watch.
It's hard to sit down and watch someone suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and witness their slow deterioration as they gradually lose their mind. Somehow, Julianne Moore gives such a powerful performance that makes this delicate theme worth your while. She carries this film, and elevates it from your standard mental illness movie. Julianne Moore is on the top of her game and following her strong performance in Maps to the Stars, she delivers an authentic portrayal of a woman trying to come to grips with her terrible diagnosis.
The film intelligently centers on her in a very authentic way instead of focusing on the rest of her still alice, like so many films tend to do when the character has hit rock bottom with their mental disease. As the title suggests, the focus is on Alice and her character is fully developed even when she is at her lowest. As an audience we sometimes tend to look away or find ways to ignore people with mental illness, and many films do so by focusing on the reaction of the rest of the family or on the loved ones as if the main character has lost his or her personality.
But we are reminded in this film that Alice is still Alice, and Julianne Moore makes sure we come to grips with this. Julianne Moore will probably be nominated for her lead performance here and it wouldn't surprise me if she wins her first Oscar after her fifth nomination. She is long overdue. It's no surprise that this film was delivered in such an authentic way when you take into consideration that the co-director, Richard Glatzer, suffers from ASL and can't speak himself. If a film wants still alice deliver a powerful and empathetic film about mental illness, then there is no better way to do so than having someone who is experiencing this first hand.
Glatzer, who has co-directed his previous films with Wash Westmoreland, reunites with him once again co-writing the adapted screenplay from Lisa Genova's novel.
I know the issue has been explored many times before and one could assume it enters familiar territory, but Moore's portrayal of the character makes this film stand out from others. For people who have gone through similar issues with a family member or close friend, Still Alice hits home, but it does so in a compassionate way.
It reminds us how fragile our minds and life can be. Having Moore play a highly intelligent linguistic professor makes this all the more shocking as we see how she struggles with the disease. The most emotional still alice of the film comes when Moore's character is giving a touching speech about still alice she is dealing with the disease. It was a powerful moment in the movie and Moore deserves all the recognition she's been getting for her performance.
Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart both give strong supporting performances as well. The entire film rings true in its exploration of mental illness, and the performances never go over the top. Everything about this film rings true despite the delicate themes that are touched.
The subject matter might not be appealing for most audiences and they may find the film tedious, but for still alice it hits home and I found it to be a compelling drama.
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Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about still alice 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by still alice author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University.
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease.
Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what's it's like to literally lose your mind. Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D.
in Neuroscience from Harvard University. Acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science, Lisa has captured a special place in contemporary fiction, writing stories that are equally inspired by neuroscience and the human spirit. She is the New York Times bestselling author of STILL ALICE, LEFT NEGLECTED, LOVE ANTHONY, INSIDE THE O'BRIENS, and EVERY NOTE PLAYED.
Her first nonfiction book, REMEMBER: The Science of Memory & the Art of Forgetting, will be released March 23, 2021. STILL ALICE was adapted into a film starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Still alice. Julianne Moore won the 2015 Best Actress Oscar for her role as Alice Howland.
EVERY NOTE PLAYED is being adapted into a film starring Angelina Jolie and Christoph Waltz, directed by Michael Sucsy. The film adaption for INSIDE THE O'BRIENS is in production.
In 2015, Lisa was named one of the U.S. Top 50 Influencers in Still alice. She has appeared on Dr. Oz, the TODAY show, CNN, PBS Newshour, NPR, and several documentary films.
Her TED Talk, "What You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer's" has been viewed over five million times. She received The Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square, for "distinguished storytelling that has enriched the still alice dialogue," The Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award, The Global Genes RARE Champions of Hope Award, and The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Media Award for "informing the public about Treatment and ongoing research in medical illness." In 2016, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bates College, The Alzheimer's Association's Rita Hayworth Award, and The Huntington’s Disease Society of America Community Awareness Award.
www.lisagenova.com www.Facebook.com/authorlisagenova www.Instagram.com/authorlisagenovaSummary & Analysis • September 2003 • October 2003 • November 2003 • December 2003 • January 2004 • February 2004 • March 2004 • April 2004 • May 2004 • June 2004 • July 2004 • August 2004 • September 2004 • October 2004 • November 2004 • December 2004 • January 2005 • February 2005 • March 2005 • April 2005 • May 2005 • June 2005 • Summer 2005 • September 2005 • Epilogue Characters • All Characters • Dr.
Alice Howland • Dr. John Howland • Lydia Howland • Anna Howland • Tom Howland • Dan Maloney • Eric Wellman • Dr. Davis still alice Stephanie Aaron • Dr. Tamara Moyer • Anne Lydia Daly • Peter Lucas Daly • Beth Maloney • Marjorie Wellman • Denise Daddario • Mary Johnson • Cathy Roberts • Josh • Leslie • Allison Anne Lisa Genova was born November 22, 1970 in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Genova earned her Bachelor of Science in biopsychology from Bates College, followed by a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University in 1998. Genova has conducted research at Massachusetts General Hospital and Yale Medical School. Genova self-published her first novel, Still Alice, in 2007. It was later picked up by Simon & Schuster and adapted into an Oscar-winning movie starring Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin. In 2015, Genova was awarded the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square and a number of other awards and recognitions, primarily for her work in raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and the importance of early detection.
Genova has since published four other books and currently lives with her children in Massachusetts. Still Alice is set in the early 2000s, an era which saw a still alice boom in personal technology. This new technology still alice a huge role in Alice’s experience with Alzheimer’s. Alice frequently uses her BlackBerry to set reminders for herself, but it also serves another purpose: it holds a daily quiz she takes in the morning. This quiz still alice questions with answers that would be stored in her long-term memory, which is the last part of her memory that will be affected by Alzheimer’s.
There is a note attached to the quiz instructing her to go to her laptop and open a certain file if she struggles to answer the questions, and that file holds instructions for her suicide (her plan is to overdose on sleeping medication). These newer kinds of technology help her gauge how bad her symptoms have gotten, but the BlackBerry is also used for her to store pieces of information she wants to remember, such as the time of Lydia’s play and important appointments.
Furthermore, advances in technology allow Alice to get rapid genetic testing that helps confirm her diagnosis and then helps her children learn whether or not they carry the same mutated gene that results in Alzheimer’s. Lisa Genova’s Inside the O’Briens features a family in which several members have Huntington’s Disease—which, like Alice Howland’s gene mutation that results in Alzheimer’s, has a strong genetic link. The book examines how that disease impacts their relationships with one another, and with others outside of their family.
Liane Moriarty’s What Alice Forgot also features a woman named Alice with memory problems, although in this novel Alice’s problems are temporary and have caused her to forget a decade of her life. After blacking out, Alice learns that 10 years have gone by and her life is not what she expected it to be, and she struggles to figure out what has happened and why. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks also focuses on strange and oftentimes inspiring stories of patients with unique neuropsychological issues and how he treated them.
In Still Alice, Alice Howland strongly relates to Edna Pontellier, the protagonist of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, who chose to walk into the ocean and commit suicide rather than return to a stale and unhappy marriage. Like Edna, Alice considered drowning herself in the ocean near her family’s beach house to put an end to her life before her Alzheimer’s symptoms get any worse.
Key Facts about Still Alice • Full Title: Still Alice • When Written: 2007 • When Published: Self-published in 2007; published by Simon & Schuster in 2009 • Literary Period: Contemporary • Genre: Novel • Setting: Cambridge, Massachusetts • Climax: Alice recognizes John at their beach house and shares a final moment of lucidity with him.
• Antagonist: Alzheimer’s disease • Point of View: Third person Popular Demand. Still Alice spent 59 weeks on the New York Still alice Best Seller list. Genova’s next three novels also spent a number of weeks each on the list. High Praise. In 2016, Lisa Genova received the Alzheimer’s Association’s Rita Hayworth Award in recognition for the work she had done in bringing attention to Alzheimer’s disease, its symptoms, treatments, still alice the importance of early intervention. • PDF downloads of all 1589 LitCharts literature guides, and of every new one we publish.
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