The Reader is a 2008 romantic drama film directed by Stephen Daldry and written by David Hare.
The film is based on the 1995 German novel by Bernhard Schlink.
The film centers on a sexual relationship between Hanna (Kate Winslet), a woman in her mid-30s, and Michael (David Kross), a boy of 15. That such things are wrong is beside the point; they happen, and the story is about how it connected with her earlier life and his later one.
Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day, and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life – this time as a defendant in the courtroom in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a concentration camp guard late in the war. Michael alone realizes that Hanna is illiterate and may be concealing that fact at the expense of her freedom. As Hanna’s past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives.
The Reader is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. The film is powerfully, if sometimes confusingly, told in a flashback framework and powerfully acted by Winslet and Kross, with Ralph Fiennes coldly enigmatic as the elder Michael.
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