- Original title
- Running time
- 123 min.
- United States
David Hare (Novel: Bernhard Schlink)
Chris Menges, Roger Deakins
Alexandra Maria Lara,
Co-production USA-Germany; The Weinstein Company / Mirage Enterprises / Neunte Babelsberg Film
Drama. Romance | Nazism. Holocaust. Literature. 1950s. 1960s. 1970s. 1980s. 1990s
- Synopsis / Plot
- The Reader opens in post-WWII Germany when teenager Michael Berg (David Kross) becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna Schmitz (Kate Winslet), a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." 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 crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life...
: Oscar Awards: Best Actress (Kate Winslet). 5 Nominations
: Golden Globes: Best Supporting Actress (Kate Winslet). 3 Nominations
: Screen Actors Guild: Best Supporting Actress (Kate Winslet)
: European Film Awards: Best Actress (Kate Winslet). 3 Nominations
: BAFTA Awards: Best Actress (Winslet). 5 Nominations, including Best Film
: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Winslet). 3 Nominations
2008: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Winslet)
: Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG): Best Supporting Actress (Winslet). 2 Nominations
- Critics' reviews
"Engrossing, graceful adaptation (...) lucid, absorbing and finally deeply moving"
Ann Hornaday: The Washington Post
"Winslet's fierce, unerring portrayal goes beyond acting, becoming a provocation that will keep you up nights. (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of four)."
Peter Travers: Rolling Stone
"A slow-moving but absorbing story of sexual awakening and moral dilemmas. (...) Though the effort is uneven, it's a well-acted romance that becomes a less compelling courtroom drama. (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of four)."
Claudia Puig: USA Today
"After a sensuous introductory act, descends into a series of dismaying contradictions (...) The filmmakers are comfortable showing Hanna's sexual nudity when, really, we need proof of her moral nakedness. Otherwise, what we're told radically alters the meaning of what we see."
Wesley Morris: Boston Globe
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