Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia among older people. Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities (Nettina, 2003). It first involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language. People with AD may have trouble remembering things that happened recently or names of people they know, getting lost on familiar routes and even misplacing items. As the disease progress over time, symptoms get worse. They may not recognize family members or have trouble speaking, reading or writing.
They may forget how to brush their teeth or comb their hair. Later on, they may become anxious or aggressive, or wander away from home. No treatment can stop the disease. However, some drugs may help keep symptoms from getting worse for a limited time. Eventually, when the disease becomes worse it leads to one’s death (Medline Plus, 2011). The movie – A Moment to Remember delved into the disease specifically Alzheimer’s disease in each progressing segment particularly where a fire breaks out because of a forgotten stove presenting Su-jin beginning to display forgetfulness which drew Su-Jin and Chul Soo to seek medical help. I’ll forget everything soon. I won’t know why you’re with me. You’ll be gone from my mind. And so will I. You understand? As my memory disappears, my soul will too. I’m scared. “ – Su-Jin Even though the story progresses slowly throughout the film, it is still a powerful romantic film that questions true love without memories. Despite the disease, they make the commitment to stay together and as the disease gets more serious, the trials the couple undergo increase because of Su Jin’s forgetfulness. This is proven by Chul-Soo who never left Su-Jin’s side.
He made everything to regain Su-Jin’s memory even for a while. But soon, Su-jin is in the final stages of her disease. The movie finishes off with Chul Soo replaying the first time they met in the convenience store with all her friends and family in the store. Son Ye-jin’s portrayal of Su-jin is note perfect and easily the most moving and engaging present. Her emotional range is massive, with an ability to believably convey not only what her character is showing outwardly, but also what is beneath the surface.
She is a remarkably facile young actress, who gives affection to her character’s varying emotional states. Jung Woo-sung also gives a memorable performance as Chul-soo. Chul-Soo is an impossibly tough man-among-men, who now must deal with the heartrending plight of his wife’s health. He is an impressive actor who touched the hearts of the audience. They gave justice to their role by captivating the hearts of the audience and performing well that the viewers can feel the remarkable emotions that are flowing within them in the movie.
The movie implies that experiences shape one’s memory. The concept behind the movie is simple enough: in life, people need one person in their lives whom they can tell everything. Otherwise, life for them will become lonely and painful. Hence, they will take every risk and effort just to be with the person that they truly love even though it means hurting themselves in the process. For them the best thing in life is finding the one who truly cares for them even knowing all their flaws, mistakes and weaknesses yet they still see the beauty in them and stay by their side.
Staying with the one they love that cannot recognize them because of an illness is an extremely tormenting incident yet we saw in the movie how Chul Soo set aside the pain that he is experiencing just to be with his wife. People need to fight for what they want until they cannot fight anymore and giving up is the only option left. Memories should be treasured well enough and people should make the most out of everything that God gave us and treasured those people whom we truly care about because as what they say life is too short to be wasted on foolishness and people never know what will happen in the future.
Another important theme seen in the movie is forgiveness. “Forgiving is giving your hate just a little room in your heart. ” –Su Jin It is ironic that in a movie where the tragedy involves Su-Jin losing her memory, it also implies that forgetting is a gift. Since memories and experiences shape one’s outlook on life, one should not let it be filled with negative experiences such as losing someone very dearly to them. While they have to draw lessons from negative experiences, they should not let it darken their emotions.
Rather, they should treasure the moments that inspire and touch them. Life is only short and limited; we should make the best out of it. It is hard to completely eliminate hatred in their hearts, but we should never let it control us. A film with a subject matter such as this could, obviously, never end with a happily ever after, but though the final scene of the couple driving into the distance is an understandable attempt to end on a less bleak note, it leaves behind a slight aftertaste of attempts to put hope where it could never be.