Monday, December 8, 2014

Still Alice director calls Kristen Stewart 'molten, impassioned and resolutely truthful.'


I wanted to share this brief snippet from a Still Alice Q&A via DP/30 for a couple of reasons. First, as I've been saying — and saying— I LOVED the film which I found profoundly moving in part because of my own family's relationship with the disease. I also wanted to share it with you because I always get a kick seeing actors talking about their process, especially when they're revealing how it was working off each other. It was good to see Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart talking about being partners and to hear that Kristen Stewart — who has a huge fan base but also a very loud bunch of haters who feel compelled to attack her private life as well as her abilities — is filled with the kind of self-doubt that plagues many of us. The warmth and chemistry that crackles in this brief clip from the full upcoming Q&A is evident in the film, and contributes to its success. Director Glatzer calls Stewart 'a force of nature.' and notes that Alec (Baldwin) said 'working with her is like working with Brando.' (That's dangerously high praise, tough to live up to!) Glatzer, via Westmoreland and his iPad, goes on to say 'She's molten. Impassioned. Resolutely truthful. She doubts herself constantly and is the last person to recognize how great she really is. Maybe that's the key to her genius.'

Based on Lisa Genova's book, Still Alice was co-directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. Glatzer has ALS and communicates via a device much like Stephen Hawking (The Theory of Everything is another emotional must see) — listen to what he has to say about the actress. Still Alice is in theaters now in Los Angeles and New York (in order to qualify for the Academy Awards) but will be released countrywide on January 16th. If someone you love has Alzheimer's disease or if you've lost someone to Alzheimer's, I can't imagine this will be an easy movie for you to see. It wasn't easy for me; I pretty much cried the entire time. Expect tears but also appreciation for the honest and moving portrayal of a woman beset by this horrible disease, and her family's struggle as they come to grips with her disintegration.


I'd love to share the trailer but it's still MIA!


2 comments:

  1. I really do want to see this film. I never read the book, but oddly enough, in this case I think I may prefer the movie to the book. (Don't hate me!)

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    1. The book was incredible but the movie does a fantastic job at telling the tale. No hate here, nuthin but love, baby!

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