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The Notebook (2013)

A nagy füzet (original title)
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Twin siblings enduring the harshness of WWII in a village on the Hungarian border hedge their survival on studying and learning from the evil surrounding them.

Director:

János Szász

Writers:

Tom Abrams (dramaturge), Agota Kristof (novel) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
László Gyémánt László Gyémánt ... Iker
András Gyémánt András Gyémánt ... Iker
Piroska Molnár ... Nagyanya
Ulrich Thomsen ... Tiszt
Ulrich Matthes ... Apa
Gyöngyvér Bognár Gyöngyvér Bognár ... Anya
Sabin Tambrea ... A tiszt barátja
Péter Andorai Péter Andorai ... Plébános
Diána Magdolna Kiss ... Szolgálólány (as Kiss Diána)
Orsolya Tóth ... Nyúlszáj (as Tóth Orsi)
Enikö Börcsök Enikö Börcsök ... Nyúlszáj anyja
János Derzsi ... Cipész
Lajos Kovács Lajos Kovács ... Rendõr
András Réthelyi András Réthelyi ... Ordonánc
Krisztián Kovács Krisztián Kovács ... Katona (as Kovács Krisztián)
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The Nazis have invaded Hungary and war is raging in the main cities. To avoid it, a woman leaves her thirteen-year-old twin boys at their grandmother's place in the countryside. The children don't know their grandmother, a dirty, miserly, and mean old woman who barely allows them inside the house. Left to their own devices, the two children learn to cope with hunger, the cold, and the everyday cruelty in a devastated country. To protect themselves, the twins reject all moral codes and values and instead take their lessons from the evil around them in order to try to survive. The siblings studiously note, as objectively as possible, their discoveries and their burgeoning knowledge in a notebook. Written by AnonymousB

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In Hungary during World War II to survive is everything.

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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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The movie is dedicated to the memory of the Hungarian writer Agota Kristof (1935-2011), from the novel of whom the story of the film is taken. See more »

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cold-hearted fable
3 January 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1944. Twin boys live comfortable city lives. Their parents are worried about the impending Nazi defeat and upheaval. Their mother brings them to live with their bitter grandmother. They don't even know her who has been living alone in the Hungarian rural home estranged from her daughter. She's angry and beats on the boys. Local girl Harelip steals from them but she turns the table on the boys and they're the ones getting beaten. Nazis have a camp nearby. After constant beatings, the boys decide to toughen up and learn from the evil surrounding them.

It's a disturbing violent world being portrayed. The twins are not necessarily good actors. They don't get much sympathy. The grandmother is fascinating in her ugliness. It's a cold-hearted fable without anybody to root for.


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Country:

Hungary | Germany | Austria | France

Language:

Hungarian | German

Release Date:

19 September 2013 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Le grand cahier See more »

Filming Locations:

Sopron, Hungary

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Box Office

Budget:

HUF953,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,127, 31 August 2014

Gross USA:

$66,559

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,879,456
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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