LOS­ING A LOVED ONE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Film -

MY limited ex­pe­ri­ence with a per­son with Alzheimer’s when I was young left a mark.

A fam­ily friend who was al­ways bright, cheery and po­lite was sud­denly dis­tant, con­fused.

One af­ter­noon after a dip in her pool, I found her wan­der­ing through her house drip­ping wet and she didn’t know where her towel was.

Later, at a large gath­er­ing of life­long friends she no longer re­mem­bered, she broke down in tears, over­whelmed by so many peo­ple she didn’t re­mem­ber but who knew her.

It was heart­break­ing to wit­ness, as is Ju­lianne Moore’s ac­cu­rate and equally heart­break­ing por­trayal of a woman whose mind is slowly de­te­ri­o­rat­ing.

Mid­dle-aged univer­sity lec­turer Alice How­land (Ju­lianne Moore) no­tices she for­gets small things, words and the di­rec­tions back to her house on her reg­u­lar runs through cam­pus.

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