Saturday, June 14, 2008
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.
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