The Notebook Touches with Human Tale

Here is one of the most deeply moving films in years, telling two tales. One is warm and slow. At a nursing home, a visitor (James Garner) reads a love story to a patient (Gena Rowlands).

The other is the story he's reading, filled with youthful vigor. In the 1940s, a young man (Ryan Gosling), solid and hardworking, pursues a wealthy beauty (Rachel McAdams).

There was much room for sloppy sentiment here, all avoided. Director Nick Cassavetes (Rowland's son) and his cast offer a richly human story.

read the full story