Dr. Alice Howland is still alive

The linguistics lecturer Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) lives in New York with her husband, John (Alec Baldwin), an oncologist. The three grown children Anna, Tom and Lydia (Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish, Kristen Stewart) arrive to celebrate their 50th birthday. Lydia, the younger of the two daughters, tries her hand at a young theater actress in Los Angeles and is dependent on her father's financial support. Tom practices as a doctor. Recently, another of his romantic relationships failed. Anna, an ambitious lawyer, wants just like her mother to have a career and have children at the same time. She is accompanied by her husband Charlie Howland-Jones (Shane McRae).

A few days later, Alice Howland is giving a guest lecture at the University of California in Los Angeles. The eloquent linguist can no longer think of vocabulary.

Back in New York, Alice becomes disoriented while jogging on campus and panics. Worried, she looks for the neurologist Dr. Benjamin (Stephen Kunken) on. He first tests her memory and finds deficits in the highly intelligent woman. The magnetic resonance tomography that he has done is normal, but the positron emission tomography shows the deposits in the brain typical of Alzheimer's disease. It is rare for this to break out by the age of 50.

Tom Howland brings his new girlfriend Jenny (Erin Darke) with him to the Christmas family reunion. Alice, who is still busy in the kitchen, gives her a warm welcome, and when she then serves the meal, she greets the young woman again, apparently without remembering the encounter a few minutes beforehand.

At the urging of the doctor and then out of desperation, Alice confides in her husband. "Why couldn't I just get cancer?" Complains Alice. "Then I shouldn't be ashamed."

She only informs the children about the illness when they arrive again for their parents' wedding anniversary. In the meantime it has been found that Alice is suffering from a genetic form of Alzheimer's disease, which she presumably inherited from her father. Perhaps her father's temporary disorientation was the cause of the accident in which Alice's mother and sister were killed. The father died some time later, apparently before the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease became apparent. The risk of John and Alice's children having the predisposition in their genes is 50 percent. Tom does not allow himself to be examined because he does not want to know whether he has to expect Alzheimer's or not. Lydia's examination result is negative. But Anna, who recently became pregnant with twins, inherited the gene.

Alice takes every opportunity to train her mental abilities and uses her smartphone as much as possible as a substitute for her memory. Outside of the family, she tries to cover up her mental failures. It doesn't take long, however, before her boss Eric Wellman (Daniel Gerroll) confronts her with critical comments from students at her lectures. Alice actually wants to continue working as long as possible, but the university refuses.

After Alice has visited a home for people with dementia, she has a doctor prescribe a strong hypnotic for alleged sleep disorders. She hides the bottle with the pills in a chest of drawers and then secretly records a video with the laptop in which she speaks to herself in the future. If she can no longer answer the electronically stored questions about herself and her family, she said, she would have to wait until she was home alone, then go to the dresser in the bedroom, swallow all the pills with water and lie on the bed.

One day she can't find the toilet in her own house and soaks up.

Although she can now only read by running a highlighter over the text so that she doesn't keep getting on the same line over and over again, she lets Dr. Persuade Benjamin to give a speech at an Alzheimer's Society event.

John receives an extremely interesting offer from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He wants to accept it and tries to convince Alice that the move would be good for her, but she is terrified by the thought of having to swap the familiar surroundings for a strange one. Out of consideration for his wife, John is postponing the decision.

In the middle of the night, Alice is desperately looking for her smartphone. It wasn't until a month later that John found it by accident. Alice remembers the search, but believes it was last night.

Anna gives birth to her twins.

When Alice is looking for a file on her laptop after a Skype call with Lydia, she stumbles upon the video with the suicide instruction. She goes into the bedroom, but there no longer knows what to do. After several unsuccessful attempts, she takes the laptop into the bedroom, puts it on the dresser and follows the instructions. Just as she has poured a glass of water and emptied the medicine bottle in her hand, she hears the housekeeper Elena (Caridad Montanez), who has now been hired, coming, frightened, and the pills patter on the floor.

Lydia moves from Los Angeles to New York to help her mother and enable her father to accept the Mayo Clinic's offer.

After reading something, she asks her mother if she understood what it was about. Alice stammered only one word: love.

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"Hush Alice. My life without yesterday ”shows the increasing disorientation, the progressive loss of control and memory of an Alzheimer's patient. The neurologist treating them knows that the disease progresses faster in those with a higher level of education than in others. And with Dr. Alice Howard is a successful, highly intelligent linguistics teacher who just turned 50. An eloquent person for whom language and communication are particularly important loses the ability to express himself. Alice sits helplessly when others begin to talk about her in the third person.

Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland walk in the oppressive drama “Still Alice. My life without yesterday “is less about the question of what Alzheimer's disease means for family members, but rather concentrating on the sick. In long shots without any showmanship, they show their facial expressions and gestures. Julianne Moore embodies Alice as unpretentious as it is nuanced, expressive and convincing. She received an "Oscar" for this outstanding acting performance. This is one of 34 awards for “Still Alice. My Life Without Yesterday ”were forgiven.

The film is based on the first novel by the American neurologist Lisa Genova (* 1970). She published "Still Alice" in 2007 at cost publisher iUniverse. The renowned publisher Simon & Schuster became aware of this, acquired the rights and re-published the book in January 2009. It became a bestseller. The edition translated into German by Veronika Dünninger appeared in the same year under the title “Mein Leben ohne Gestern” (Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach 2009, 317 pages, ISBN 978-3-7857-6016-1, € 16.99).

Despite suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the American director, screenwriter and film producer Richard Glatzer and his husband Wash Westmoreland (* 1966) directed the film. During the 23 days on the set, he could no longer speak, only move a finger to operate a tablet and thus give written instructions.

On March 10, 2015, two weeks after Julianne Moore was given the "Oscar" (February 22), Richard Glatzer died in Los Angeles at the age of 63.

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