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The Reader

R
Movie
2008
2h 4m
English
Drama, Romance
The story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who, as a teenager in the late 1950s, had an affair with an older woman, Hanna, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a concentration camp guard late in the war. He alone realizes that Hanna is illiterate and may be concealing that fact at the expense of her freedom.
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Kate Winslet
Hanna Schmitz
Ralph Fiennes
Michael Berg
David Kross
Young Michael Berg
Lena Olin
Rose Mather
Bruno Ganz
Professor Rohl
Volker Bruch
Dieter Spenz
Alexandra Maria Lara
Young Ilana Mather
Fabian Busch
Hanna's Defense Council
Susanne Lothar
Carla Berg
Matthias Habich
Peter Berg
Sylvester Groth
Prosecuting Council
Jrgen Tarrach
Gerhard Bade
Kirsten Block
Female Judge
Margarita Broich
Co-Defendant
Marie Gruber
Co-Defendant
Martin Brambach
Remand Prison Guard #1
CarmenMaja Antoni
Prison Librarian
Heike HanoldLynch
Prison Guard
Directed By: Stephen Daldry
Written By: David Hare (Screenplay)

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Wanheda says...
10 years ago
AMAZING! So well played and written. So many emotions and definitely makes you think.
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Horror future #7 says...
4 years ago
I was afraid i was going to find this movie as boring but no i was way wrong.It was a great film with nice plot and Winslet once again leveled up the movie in which she was the leader actress.7.5/10
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AntorFH05 says...
3 months ago
In the first hour I didn't realize it would go in a direction like that. First half was amazing to start any romantic film and the second part which was meant to be tragedic could have been any difficulties of society. But the writers made a bold choice by making film about a controversial topic. For me a controversial topic can ruin the purpose of a romantic movie. As a result the movie wasn't touching enough as a romance film. The message of the movie was so intense in the later part that the tragedic feeling was missing. The evergreen Kate Winslet performed as she always does. Although she could have been replaced for the older part.
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doctorgeller says...
6 years ago
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Sometimes movies overshadow our previous thoughts. At first, the fact that a older woman have a relationship with a **kid** made me umconfortable. However, the fact that Hanna is in love with Michael because [spoiler] he reads to her [/spoiler] is delicate and charming. David Kross gives an excellent acting, I'm surprised that he's not so famous today.
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badelf
12 months ago
I didn't turn this movie off after the beautiful sex scenes only because two others were watching it with me. The mere fact that "Germans" were speaking English totally destroyed the whole "suspend disbelief" for me. This film is an awful rendition by Brits of an award-winning German book. Perhaps, More
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CinemaSerf
2 years ago
David Kross is really effective in this tale of a young boy ("Michael") who encounters "Hanna" (Kate Winslet) as he shelters in her doorway from a rainstorm. In fairly short order, this fifteen year old boy becomes her lover; in return she gets him to read to her. He is soon infatuated and devastate More
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