Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, Gena Rowlands, James Garner
Nick Cassavetes (Director), Jeremy Leven (Screenplay), Jan Sardi (Screenplay)
Release: Jun. 25th, 2004
Runtime: 2 hours, 3 minutes
An epic love story centered around an older man who reads aloud to a woman with Alzheimer's. From a faded notebook, the old man's words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately reunited, seven years later, after they have taken different paths.
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Director Nick Cassavetes, whose previous directorial credits include action-filled dramas like Alpha Dog, surprises with a delicate hand at mounting a romantic melodrama that provides all the classic landmarks in a story but provides a few surprises along the way as well.
This goes on for a while and is intermittently broken up by the framing story involving two residents of a nursing home as one (James Garner) reads a book (presumably the titular notebook) containing the story to the other (Gena Rowlands).