Most of my friends have returned to Korea to meet their family and friends. Only a few Korean students have decided to stay like me. Even though I had a good reason to stay, I still missed “home” and my family. A friend once advised me to take a weekend break to relieve stress and cheer myself up. Plus, she highly recommended watching “The Notebook” which she watched a month ago. She told me that the film was based on a true love story and that it was very impressive. Also, she mentioned to me that she cried a lot.
On the recommendation of my friend, I decided to watch “The Notebook” on Friday night and bought a pack of beers and nachos. Although she praised the film, I didn’t have high expectations. I was more excited about the ice cold beer with nachos.
The film began with a monologue of a male character played by Ryan Gosling. The man looked like an ordinary person with nothing special about him; however, her love affair was not normal. By the end of the movie I was crying a lot, I was jealous of a female character played by Rachel McAdams for receiving so much love from the man. The man fell in love with her as we often call her “love at first sight”. The man was poor while the woman was rich. Despite some difference, she gradually fell in love with him after seeing his passionate love for her. I still remember a scene where he took her to show his partially built “dream house”.
In the house, she played the piano “Chopin Prelude Op. 28 n ° 4” on what appeared to be an abandoned piano. The music was very beautiful but sad when I heard it for the first time. I still don’t know why the sound was sad. At the end of the summer, their love seemed to fall apart. However, the man never forgot her. The woman seemed to have reverted to what she was before summer, a typical rich and well-behaved woman, but her mind was elsewhere. He missed the man very much. Many years later, they found each other, like fate. They finally got married. After the woman sadly contracted Alzheimer’s disease, the man did not leave her behind. He didn’t give up. One day, she played the piano “Chopin Prélude Op. 28 No. 4” despite Alzheimer’s disease. She lost a lot of memory, including her children and her husband. However, she remembered the song she had played in the man’s house that summer. I was deeply touched when I heard this play performed by her at the center for the elderly. I was once again in tears. I realized that the power of love is unbeatable. Despite the film which lasted over two hours and the play which only lasted about two minutes, the music stayed in my head for a long time. The film reminded me of my first love.
Chopin Prélude Op. 23 No. 4 was not made for love. Chopin was suffering from his health problems with tuberculosis when he made the music. He expressed his painful feeling in this music. He requested that the play be performed at his funeral. Every time I listen to this piece of music, I can feel the level of pain he felt.
I’ve watched “The Notebook” every summer since then with cold beer and nachos. Every time I watch it, I feel like I’m seeing the movie for the first time, going back to when I felt my first love. If you are looking for some memorable love movies or music, be sure to put this movie on your list.
By Lee In-hyun
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Lee In-hyun is a classical pianist and author of the award-winning book “The Classic Class” published in January. She works both in Korea and the United States. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California. ([email protected]) – Ed.