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The Notebook.

The storyline of poor boy meets rich girl has been done to death, but in this case it makes for a charming film. An elderly woman with dementia listens to a story read to her by a man who happens to be her husband, only she is unable to remember due to the dementia.

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A lovely, sweet film with a beautiful score and sweeping imagery; its one of those guilty pleasure movies and still manages to make us tear up whenever we watch it.

I found the scenes in which an older Ally battles the effects of dementia (being unable to recognize her own husband, etc.) thought provoking and sad because the awareness is so sudden and the condition unpredictable.

Maybe the reason that people find the story so sad is that we don’t want to lose those that we love.

Make Way for Tomorrow.

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Its the story of a couple: Lucy and Barkley, who have to move out of their house because Barkley loses his job. They ask for help from their four children concerning a place to live, and as a result endure the indifference of their children who are unable or unwilling to give their parents a place to stay. Meanwhile, the elderly couple walk down memory lane and relive their honeymoon memories before they have to part ways – for good?

For one thing, it makes me realize how pig-headed children can be in relation to having elderly parents live with them. Fortunately, the children in the story realize the error of their ways in the end but it still makes me think. There were some funny moments, and there were also sad moments too. In today’s world we often forget about the elderly, or our parents. Perhaps we should extend such kindnesses of being there for them because they were there for us.