Still Alice

This quietly heartbreaking film on the subject of dementia stands out from many others for two reasons: It stars Julianne Moore in a career-best (and that’s saying something), and it’s told from the sufferer’s rather than the caregiver’s point of view. It’s about a person, not an illness.

Moore deftly underplays a brilliant academic who falls victim to early-onset Alzheimer’s. She takes us into her mind and shares her frustration and despair with each new indication of her eroding intelligence and identity. You should see this movie. You may not know anyone suffering from dementia—but you will. Japanese title: Arisu no mamade. (101 min)