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Still is a documentary that revolves around the actor Michael J. Foxthe legendary protagonist of Back to the Future And Willingness to win. He tells the story of his life on camera, tracing his childhood in Canada to becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Director Davis Guggenheim elevates Fox’s story by including documentary elements such as archival footage and other drama, which come together to bring viewers inside the world of the actor currently battling Parkinson’s disease.
The struggle with Parkinson’s
In interviews at the Guggenheim, Michael J. Fox recounts the difficult years that followed his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, a brain disorder that causes uncontrollable movements. He discovered he was suffering from this disease at the age of 29 and now that he is 61 he has come to terms with his condition. The actor tells in the trailer of Still how living with Parkinson’s made him a “tough son of a bitch”. Before the world premiere of Still on Apple TV+, the film screened earlier this year at both Sundance and the SXSW Film Festival.
Following the film’s Sundance premiere, Peter Debruge of Variety wrote in his review: “Fox is a charismatic guy, and even though his personal story has been overshadowed by Parkinson’s disease, Guggenheim’s ultra-polished, optimistic documentary remember what a lively, affable personality he was — and is — on screen.” A valid and interesting project not only for Fox fans but also for a wider audience that needs to hear these stories of courage and determination that invite you to never give up. Guggenheim is also the producer of the documentary Still, along with Annetta Marion, Jonathan King, Will Cohen and executive producers Nelle Fortenberry, Jonathan Silberberg, Nicole Stott and Laurene Powell Jobs. Michael Harte edited.