The Reader is a romantic drama (with some element of suspense) spread over many years (1958 to 1995). The story is linked to the WW-II atrocities committed by Nazis and the attempts of Germans to come to terms with their own implicit role in those atrocities.
Here is a quote from the movie:
“The question is `How could you let it happen?’ And better -`Why didn’t you kill yourself when you found out?’ Thousands! That’s how many. There were thousands of camps. Everyone knew”.
– Dieter, a law student emotionally asking his professor in The Reader
The movie won critical acclaim and a lot of awards, including the best actress for Kate Winslet at the Academy Awards.
|Directed by||Stephen Daldry|
|Released in||December 2008|
|Music by||Nico Muhly|
|Produced by||Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris|
|Length||2 hours 4 mins|
In the year 1958 in a German city, a 15-year-old schoolboy, Michael Berg (David Kross) is helped by tram conductor Hanna Schmitz (played by Kate Winslet), when he suddenly takes ill on his way back from school.
This accidental meeting becomes a clandestine, torrid affair between the teenage boy and the woman in her mid-thirties. Michael is obsessed with Hanna and Hanna seems to enjoy his company, especially when he reads to her from his books (these range from classics by Homer and Chekov to Tintin comics).
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