4 March 2015
10:00am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:15pm
The heroine of Lisa Genova’s 2007 novel is a linguistics professor, Dr Alice Howland, (Julianne Moore) who must master what the poet Elizabeth Bishop called “the art of losing”. She’s diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Alice, who has reached the point of forgetting her children’s names and how to spell “October”, finds a video file on her laptop. She’s not meant to be watching it, or not yet: it’s supposed to be the last message she’ll ever see, when her mind has already deteriorated to a point past endurance. The person on the video is her earlier self – an Alice soon after diagnosis, in the controlled infancy of her illness. On one level, this is a kind of trap Alice has laid, to bring on the end in the kindest way for her family. But it’s also a missive of caring and love from a person to her future self. Moore delivers it with consoling patience, as if addressing a child, and at the same time listens, with a trusting smile of befuddled self-recognition. It’s perhaps the centrepiece moment of an astonishingly delicate and sad performance. The film follows a very straight trajectory into this cruellest of all neurological disorders – rendered especially cruel when Alice, who has three children, finds out she has a rare, hereditary kind. There’s no messing around with fragmentary form, or the memory-as-puzzle-box gimmicks of which cinema can be over-fond, save for a few flickers of childhood home video footage on the beach. . Beyond memory loss, it’s a film whose subject is words – their meaning and function, everything they helplessly give away about the brain and its rebellions. Directing here, and doing their best work ever, is the married team of Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, for whom this project is especially personal: Glatzer suffers from a related neurodegenerative ailment, ALS.
Running time 100 minutes
Director Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland
“It is impossible not to be affected by this devastatingly sad portrait of a woman, whose reliance on memory and its compilation to communicate in her role as professor of linguistics at Columbia University, accentuates the intensity of her loss”. Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
“You bet your ass that Julianne Moore is overdue for Academy love. She's supremely gifted, possessing the beauty of a true star and the intuitive technique of a true actress”. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“A film that benefits from Ms. Moore's lovely performance, yet suffers from glib contrivance and predictable writing”. Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
The Annual General Meeting of the Noosa Film Society will be held on 4th March 2015 at the Noosa Five Cinemas. At the meeting a new management committee will be elected. If you would like to nominate for the committee, please contact Susan Nyman on 5471 3131.
Don't forget our Special Screening of Eastern Boys on Monday 9 March at 6:30pm only. 3.5 stars from David Stratton for this "intense and at times nerve wracking suspense film about the ways some men hold power over others."
The Pixar Film Festival showcases some of the most popular animated features of all time from the renowned Pixar Studios. continues with The Incredibles (28th February/1st March), A Bugs Life (7 and 8th March), Cars (14 and 15th March) and Up (21st and 22nd March), this is a delight for lovers of amazing animation – both children and adults. All tickets are only $8.
The Metropolitan Opera continues with The Merry Widow on 14th and 15th March 2015.
The Exhibition on Screen series commences with Girl With A Pearl, screening on Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March. This beautifully filmed new documentary seeks to investigate the many unanswered questions associated with this painting by Johannes Vermeer. For bookings to all events, please contact Noosa Five box office.
2015 - 4th and 18th February, 4th and 18th March, 1st and 22nd April, 6th and 20th May; 3rd and 17th June.
For more information and tickets ask at the Box Office.