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The Reader (2009)

The Reader

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

January 09, 2009 (Wide)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

123 min.

Production Budget

$40 millions

Studio

The Weinstein Company

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Stephen Daldry

Producer

Sydney Pollack, Anthony Minghella, Scott Rudin

Screenwriter

David Hare

Starring

  • Kate Winslet as Hanna Schmitz
  • Ralph Fiennes as Older Michael
  • David Kross
  • Alexandra Maria Lara
  • Bruno Ganz
  • Karoline Herfurth
  • Linda Bassett
  • Susanne Lothar
  • Hannah Herzsprung

Story


"The Reader" opens in post-WWII Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, 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 the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. "The Reader" is a haunting story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another.

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Kate Winslet stars as Hanna Schmitz in The Weinstein Company's The Reader (2008)
Kate Winslet stars as Hanna Schmitz in The Weinstein Company's The Reader (2009). Photo credit by Melinda Sue Gordon.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a movie worth seeing..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [NY Daily News]
“..slow-moving but absorbing..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
“..scrupulously tasteful..”
by Manohla Dargis [NY Times]