“Still Alice is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as powerful as Ordinary People.”
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Beautiful and distressing, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of everyday life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. It reveals how difficult it is to be diagnosed, Alice herself even assuming that she has hit menopause, or that she has a tumour (the latter of which she would have at least a chance of fighting). We accompany Alice on her journey of learning how to cope with the disease, if such a thing is possible, and witness her husband’s denial as he refuses to believe that his wife could be fading away.
Tracking the rapid progress of the disease, Alice begins misplacing objects such as her Blackberry or keys. Something that we all do. But her day-to-day life becomes increasingly difficult as her memory gets worse and worse. She struggles to find words that she uses daily, becomes disorientated in her own town, phones the wrong people, struggles to hold conversations, and reading books and watching films eventually become too much for her. She is forced to leave her position at Harvard and watches painfully as her husband continues his busy and successful career. Unable to beat the disease, Alice is unable to even recognise her own children.