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A haunting story awaits you inside ‘The Notebook’

4 September 2014 9:57 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Notebook

Written by János Szász and András Szekér

Directed by János Szász

Hungary, 2013


We’ve seen countless films depicting the monstrosity of World War II, but The Notebook gives us an unflinching look at the monsters it created.  Both observant and nonjudgmental, director, János Szász, drops us into a war zone bereft of borders or buffers.  Allegiances crumble and shift like the tattered landscape, where even familial ties yield to stark necessity.  This is a challenging film that reaffirms the survival of the human spirit, not through acts of courage or bravery, but by harnessing our spitefulness and hatred to outlast the enemy.  Whether the soul can endure such a coldhearted transformation is left for the audience to decide.

For most filmgoers, it’s impossible to comprehend the daily horror of living in a residential war zone and the toll it takes on the human spirit.  Based on the French novel by Agota Kristof, »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Hungary's Brutal The Notebook Will Cause Delightful Confusion on Netflix

26 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

About as different from its 2004 Ryan GoslingRachel McAdams namesake as possible, The Notebook (A nagy füzet) recounts the harrowing saga of unnamed teenage twin boys (András and Lázló Gyémánt) who, in 1944 Hungary, are unceremoniously dumped by their mother (Gyöngyvér Bognár) at their grandmother's (Piroska Molnár) remote farm for protection from WWII horrors.

There, the old "witch" beats them and berates them as "bastards." In response, the siblings teach one another how to endure pain and hardship. Bleak circumstances lead to bleak moral codes in János Szász's sobering wartime drama, as the boys study the Ten Commandments but find that blackmail, cruelty, and murder are not »

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The Notebook Movie Review

17 August 2014 8:34 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The Notebook (Le grand cahier) (A nagy füzet) Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  A- Director:  János Szász Screenplay:  Agota Kristof, András Szekér, Tom Abrams – adapted from Agota Kristof’s novel (see below) Cast:  András Gyémánt, Gyöngyvér Bognár, László Gyémánt, Piroska Molnár, András Réthelyi, Ulrich Matthes Screened at:  Sony, NYC, 8/13/14 Opens:  August 29, 2014 In his 1954 dystopian novel “Lord of the Flies,” William Golding creates a world of British boys as sole inhabitants of an island without adult authorities. They try to govern themselves but end up with disaster.  Simply put, the youngsters become barbarians.  In “The Notebook,” we discover  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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