Le Grand Cahier / The Notebook / Das Große Heft
Based on the bestselling novel by the Swiss-Hungarian author Agota Kristof, the story take place towards the end of World War II in a village on the Hungarian border. A desperate young mother leaves her 13-year-old twin sons at their cruel grandmother’s house in the country. The brothers must learn how to survive alone in their new, rural surroundings with every trick of evil to survive in the absurd world of adults.
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By learning to free themselves from hunger, pain and emotion, they will be able to endure future hardships. So they keep a written record of all they have witnessed during the war in a Notebook. As the war ends, the “Liberation” brings the worst moments of all: the twin’s ultimate separation. The Notebook is a parable about the consequences of war on children’s psyches.