The film Still Alice is a modern psychology-centered movie which showcases Alzheimer's disorder, its effects, and the lives led by affected people. Alice, a university lecturer, is affected by the disease in her early fifties. A much-celebrated linguist professor succumbs to this disease and forgets words while in her lectures, is unable to offer focused and efficient lectures and thus gets fired. Alice lives in distress and has difficulties remembering even where she places her valuables. She forgets her children and cannot recall almost anything she knew. The character later grows suicidal and requires to be actively taken care of by a caregiver. The film actively casts the effects of Alzheimer's thoughtfully. Viewers can draw such a massive chunk of information regarding the psychological disorder from the film. However, the film makes an exaggeration of the disease making it look like total dementia whereas it is not the case. The film also makes an overly high character dignity prevention which somehow makes the viewer not catch a clear glimpse of it. Nonetheless, Still Alice is a psychological and highly educative film that presents Alzheimer's disorder in a manner that the audience can relate it with normal life experiences.
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive brain dysfunction where the brain cells degenerate and as such causes a steady memory decline over time. Until now, no cure has been proven towards treating the disorder. Loss of intellectual skills and other pertinent necessities for social existence are lost in the case of a person who has Alzheimer's disorder. They fail to remember simple things such as words, where they place their valuables and other pertinent things. In the long run, a person affected by the disorder will eventually lose their memory and may turn out suicidal (Glatzer & Westmoreland). The film makes a good view of the disease as all these factors are displayed across the film.
At the start of the film, Alice is a rather dedicated professor whose skills are undoubted. She is a perfected linguist who is an asset to the university. Just after her fiftieth birthday, she starts developing some loss of memory and forgets simple things like words. In a rather effective manner, the film makes a huge meaning of this set in a manner that shocks the audience. Most people who do not know about the disorder may never expect that one would forget simple things like words that they have been used to in their lives. The film thus creates an unexpected occurrence that makes the viewers want to know more about the disorder. In any case, the viewers are informed that Alzheimer's disease is highly prevalent in individuals who have hit the age of fifty (Tong, Fong & Huang 151). Quite informative is that even the most intelligent people such as professors are themselves not immune to the disease.
People who have Alzheimer's disorder display a range of symptoms inclusive of social withdrawal, distrust, changes in sleeping patterns and irritability (Louveau, Da Mesquita & Kipnis 958). Alice is in an exemplary way made to fit into a person that has some of these symptoms. For instance, she lacks sleep and has to survive on her sleeping pills. Alice has trust issues and makes a video which she believes will be helping her remember the time that she should take the pills. The film makes all this display in her bedroom which shows a highly destructive disease that turns an individual into a slave of self (Glatzer & Westmoreland). For instance, Alice, a once prominent professor, now leads rather a hard life where she relies on pills to sleep.
Loss of memory in case of Alzheimer's disorder or is rampant and affected individuals fail to locate their valuables after using them. When Alice is fired from the university, she spends most of her time alone. Her phone is her only companion and is considering her only valuable good. She, however, loses it and looks for it everywhere without finding it. She loses it for a week and thinks that she just lost if for a day. The depths of forgetting even your valuables are rampant in the case of dementia. In a rather proactive manner, the film makes the impression of a person who is used to their phone since they spend most of the time with it. Furthermore, a complete lack of concentration and interest is displayed when Alice loses her phone (Glatzer & Westmoreland). This part is a point of interest in the film. Though sounding naïve, the viewers are made to reflect on an individual who in her fifties leaves her phone in the fridge for a week. The film, therefore, drives in a very prominent point in the cast.
The film Still Alice is a highly psychology-based movie that seeks to show the life of people who are Alzheimer's disorder affected. The film which concentrates on Alice, an established professor, loses her job and grows into a weird character presents in an awe-inspiring manner, the extent to which the disorder affects people. Various issues about the disease inclusive of memory lapse, change of sleeping patterns, losing valuables and forgetting words and people are made very clear by the film. However, the film has a few discrepancies such as dignity protection of the character in a big way and also the presentation of the disorder as one that escalates too fast. On a general basis, the film understandably meets the audience and educates them more about Alzheimer's disorder.