Kristen Stewart has been racking up roles since concluding the Twilight franchise with [The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2](movie:41139), suggesting she hasn't lost her status as an indie darling.
In [Camp X-Ray](movie:977712), she impressed Sundance audiences with her turn as a female guard at Guatanamo Bay, and she held her own alongside Juliette Binoche in [Clouds of Sils Maria](movie:902082). Now, she plays the daughter of Julianne Moore in [Still Alice](movie:1168550), a heart-wrenching drama about a college professor struggling with Alzheimer's disease.
Get your tissues ready because the trailer has finally arrived.
I wasn't kidding about the tissues. This movie promises engrossing performances and unyielding questions about identity. Here are some of the trailer's key moments that convinced me why Still Alice is a late must-see film of 2014.
Alice loses herself in a familiar place
Before Alice knows the details of her condition, she gets lost on the college campus she frequented for years. This scene felt akin to forgetting about the last step of the staircase, when that moment of panic and utter confusion sets in before your brain has a chance to catch up.
A family meeting changes everything
Alice's children, played Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parish, and Stewart, contend with the news that their mother has early onset Alzheimer's. Alice tries to guilt Stewart's character Lydia to go to college, and they share a quintessential mother-daughter moment amid the chaos.
Elusive answers to seemingly simple questions
If you needed one still that proves this movie is going play your heartstrings like an 18-string guitar, look know further than this note in Alice's phone.
The family keeps going
Alice tells her husband that this may be the last year she can be herself, but she is somehow exceedingly positive. She has to face the devastating truth that her family would prefer to avoid.
If you didn't already guess, Julianne Moore will almost certainly be in Best Actress contention for an Oscar. Judging by early responses, Kristen Stewart could possibly receive a nomination as well. All the more reason to watch!
Will you be tuning into Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart's mother-daughter drama?