The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. At a modern-day nursing home, an elderly man, Duke, reads a romantic story from his notebook to a fellow patient. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young couple who fall in love in the 1940s. In 1940s Seabrook Island, South Carolina, Noah Calhoun is smitten with seventeen-year-old heiress Allie Hamilton after seeing her at a carnival, and they have a summer love affair. After Allie’s parents knew about them, they immediately took Allie away from Noah and decided to return home to Charleston. Noah writes to Allie every day for a year but Allie’s mother intercepts them and they never reach Allie. In the present, it is revealed that the elderly woman is Allie, who is suffering from dementia. Duke is her husband, but Allie does not recognize him, nor remember any of the events Duke is reading to her.