I saw The Notebook in theaters. I'm a bigbig James Garner fan--childhood and forward crush, and frankly, he was the draw for me to go see the film, because he does so little film work--or work at all in recent years, but this film made me realize exactly how talented he is, not just how good looking and charming and appealing. And fell in love with the entire cast. Of course, the scenes with Gena Rowlands made me just cry. My mother had dementia which eventually killed her, as dementia is fatal. Not Alzheimers. I will insert my plug here that despite what most popular media likes to make you believe and what I am convinced the Alzheimer's Association would like you to believe, not all dementia is Alzheimer's, which can be definitively diagnosed only after death, which is rarely done. Mom's dementia was the result of a stroke she suffered at age 42; dementia did not set in (that I noticed and I was the first of her daughters to admit to seeing it) until her late 50's--about 14 years after her stroke. My father left my mother a few years after the stroke, when she was about as recovered as she ever was.
James Garner/Duke stayed with Gena Rowlands/Allie. Which made me weep, but also feel so glad, so hopeful. Not everyone does leave if you get dementia. It was quite a romantic portrayal of dementia, and of the effects on a relationship. But of course, we came for the romance.
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