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A shameless tear-jerker and as corny as they come, this retro romantic drama skilfully pushes all the right emotional buttons. The movie opens in the present day with elderly James Garner reading to nursing-home resident Gena Rowlands from an old notebook. We then flash back 60 years to the events chronicled in the journal - an ill-starred teenage romance between poor country boy Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, the daughter of rich city folk. There are no prizes for guessing the connection between the two couples. Slickly made by Rowlands's son, Nick Cassavetes, the film benefits from uniformly excellent performances from a quality cast that includes Joan Allen and Sam Shepard. Cassavetes should have taken his foot off the slush pedal more often, but if you're in the mood for melodrama, this weepie could be just the ticket.
An elderly man reads a love story to a woman in a nursing home, from an old notebook full of sentimental scribblings about a passionate young couple whose fledgling affair is smothered almost before it has begun. Romantic drama, starring Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands and James Garner.
Cast & Crew
Some swearing and sex scenes.
video, DVD and Blu-ray
25 Jun 2004
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