I’m going to try to fight through this one.
Ugh. This movie killed me. Like, I’m completely embarrassed that my roommate walked in to find me red-faced and glossy-eyed- but this one hit kind of close to home. I mean, in a lot of ways this was so similar to my grandparents.
Grandma suffered from dementia, while my grandfather frantically told her stories and posted pictures all over the house to preserve some of their life together. He even kept a journal, documenting the personal battle he was going through watching his wife’s memory slowly slip away, and revealing his own declining health. I can’t even imagine how hard that must have been. I pray I never have to experience such a fate.
There’s a lot that goes on here, and I won’t spoil it for you, but essentially an elderly man begins to read a love story from a notebook to a fellow female patient. In the story, a young man and woman spend a summer falling in love together before having a fight a breaking up- both regretting the decision. The girl’s mother then ships her off to New York to receive a proper education while the young man enlists to fight in World War II. He writes many letters to her in the time they are apart, but her mother keeps them from her.
The young woman then becomes a nurse for wounded soldiers where she meets her soon to be fiancee, Lon. When the young man comes home from war, he purchases a house he promised the girl he would buy when they were together. When she hears of his renovations, she comes looking for him, which reignites their passion for each other and leaves her with a pretty big decision to make. Naturally, she chooses the boy from her past.
If you haven’t guessed by now, the story the old man is retelling to the female patient is their own personal love story that he is attempting to remind her of- during which she has moments of clarity from her dementia. Some more things happen and it ends with them being found laying in bed together, holding hands, and dead- proving once again that without love, there can’t be life.
Okay. *wipes forehead* Clearly I’m not the best movie reviewer, but if you’re looking for a good tear-jerker, this one will pretty much crush you. Again, it reminds me so much of my grandparents that I don’t even know if I could watch it a second time. Holy cow. I’m such a girl. haha.