In the midst of a qualifying run for awards consideration this season, Alzheimer’s drama Still Alice has already attracted a slew of good notices. Following its debut at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the core of its critical acclaim has orbited around the performance of leading lady, Julianne Moore. Now, those who were unable to catch it on the festival circuit can get a glimpse of the drama in the first full trailer.
Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, Still Alice follows the story of Dr. Alice Howland. A decorated linguist, mother and wife, when she discovers her memory is slipping and begins to struggle with everyday tasks, she seeks medical attention and receives a shocking diagnosis.
Moore’s research for her role – based on the lead character in Lisa Genova’s novel – shows a great attention to detail that extends far past misty-eyed outbursts. Overall, this initial trailer hones in on the effect her diagnosis has on her close family without resorting to cliched emotional grabs. If the gritty determination Moore displays in this preview is a true testament to the finished product, then the critical praise looks like it might be right on the money.
Co-starring Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish, Still Alice is currently showing in select cinemas before its widespread release opens on January 16th, 2015.
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested. Alice’s struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.