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The Reader

7.2
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Original title
The Reader
Year
Running time
123 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
David Hare (Novel: Bernhard Schlink)
Music
Nico Muhly
Cinematography
Chris Menges, Roger Deakins
Cast
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Producer
Co-production USA-Germany; The Weinstein Company / Mirage Enterprises / Neunte Babelsberg Film
Genre
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...
Awards
2008: Oscar Awards: Best Actress (Kate Winslet). 5 Nominations
2008: Golden Globes: Best Supporting Actress (Kate Winslet). 3 Nominations
2008: Screen Actors Guild: Best Supporting Actress (Kate Winslet)
2009: European Film Awards: Best Actress (Kate Winslet). 3 Nominations
2008: BAFTA Awards: Best Actress (Winslet). 5 Nominations, including Best Film
2008: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Winslet). 3 Nominations
2008: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Winslet)
2008: Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG): Best Supporting Actress (Winslet). 2 Nominations
Critics' reviews
  • "Engrossing, graceful adaptation (...) lucid, absorbing and finally deeply moving"
  • "Winslet's fierce, unerring portrayal goes beyond acting, becoming a provocation that will keep you up nights. (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of four)."
  • "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)."
  • "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."
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