I just went to see Still Alice with my sister. I'd watched a bootleg copy alone in my den already and was gutted by the performances and the story.
Before we left for the movie theater, we were discussing how seeing a movie alone vs with a companion can be so uniquely different an experience. Movies, plays, concerts are so much richer when your companion is appreciating it. You catch it from each other; the experience becomes contagious.
Still Alice is not an enjoyable topic...it's downright terrifying. But the appreciation for the artform that was the movie was for me, enhanced with my sister beside me. Crying together, I felt the rawness of the emotions onscreen so differently the second time around.
The sharing heightened my senses.
Julianne Moore's acting was flawless.... both times.