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'The Notebook' is a chilling but reductive World War II tale
'The Notebook' is a chilling but reductive World War II tale

Based on the international bestseller by Agota Kristof, "The Notebook" represented Hungary in the Academy Awards' foreign-language film competition but failed to garner a nomination. Director János Szász opens the film in 1944 amid World War II. As her husband heads to the battlefield, a mother (Gyöngyvér Bognár) entrusts her prepubescent twins (Laszlo and Andras Gyemant) to the care of her estranged mom (Piroska Molnár) — better known in her Hungarian countryside town as "the witch." Grandma immediately consigns the twins to menial labor to earn their keep. After being falsely accused and trounced for theft, the...

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