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《永遠的愛麗絲》:唯一能做就是活在當下/林兆彬

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終於都看了《永遠的愛麗絲》(Still Alice)這齣奧斯卡最佳女主角大熱作品。

電影講述語言學家Alice Howland(Julianne Moore飾)擁有美滿的婚姻和事業,育有三名子女,生活接近完美。可是,只有五十歲的她,突然患上早發性阿茲海默症,記憶力漸漸退化,剩下的人生從此改寫……

(劇透慎入)

電影比想像中短,只有一個半小時左右,拍得有一種紀錄片的感覺,既平淡又寫實,特別是多場看醫生和演講的戲。電影的重點在於Alice愈來愈嚴重的病情,以及她與家人的關係和轉變。當Alice失去記憶力,她的人生被迫要改變,除了失去工作能力之外,連串字、回家的路、約會日期、手機擺放位置等基本的東西也忘記了。

記憶力和社交能力下降,讓人迷徬和焦躁不安的Alice的出現情緒問題,更催生了尋死的想法。戲中Alice自拍影片的情節,讓筆者聯想起電影《別相信任何人》(Before I Go to Sleep )的情節,但很諷刺,記憶力的問題也破壞了她的自殺大計。

當一個人忘記了過去,即等如掉下了一切恩怨情仇,可以毫無包袍地面對自己和身邊的人,亦對將來變得無欲無求,達致真正的活在當下。對過去或未來的執著,通通都是沒有意義,掌握現在的生命,以及與家人一起的時光,才是最有價值的東西。

在患病前,Alice與細女Lydia(Kristen Stewart飾)的關係比較差,因為Alice不喜歡Lydia為了追尋演員夢而放棄讀書。但有趣的是,塞翁失馬,焉知非福,阿茲海默症卻修補了她們之間的關係。當丈夫和其他子女都因為工作而無法照顧Alice的時候,Lydia挺身而出,陪伴患病的母親,貫徹「做自己最想做的事情」的生活方式。

Julianne Moore實在演出得太好。患病前後的對比極大,但她演出得一點也不誇張,特別是內心戲,就連睡眠時的表情也反映出她的精湛演技。如無意外,相信Julianne Moore將會憑這齣電影奪得奧斯卡影后。

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  1. Thanks Mr. Lam in reviewing the above film Still Alice. I decided to watch this film today much because of the motivated previewed content and the special offer on Monday in the Cinema . Despite Alice being diagnosed as having the onset of a special type of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 50 when she was a university professor, writer, wife and mother, she was still having a loving relationship with all her family members. She was brave to reveal her disease to her family and Univeristy senior head and had been trying to live with it although as she said was sort of struggling from time to time but would not consider as suffering herself.

    She was invited by her Doctor in charge to deliver an inspiring and brave speech to a wide group of audience. She had tried hard to write her speech in three days’ time and delivered in a very innovative way, by continuously marking up the lines which she had spoken with yellow marker continuously to ensure that she would not repeat the same line again and again.

    It is a miraculous plan that her youngest daughter happened to be Alice’s main concern, not willing to do the university study but raised her hand to taking care of her MOM thus faciltating his father to take up a new post in a different state. Alice’s husband originally was not much willing to leave Alice all alone.

    The whole story is lovely and motivational. All of us are entiltled to live your life as what it is daily no matter what you have had achieved in the past. I borrow a statement from Robbie Williams’ film: Seize the day and live your life fully with the love from your close family and friends.

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