The Reader

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  • R
  • Genre(s): Drama Romance
  • Release year: 2008
  • Running time: 124 min
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. read more
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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.

Original Release

01/02/2008

US Release

12/10/2008

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Cast

Ralph Fiennes Michael Berg
Kate Winslet Hanna Schmitz
Bruno Ganz Professor Rohl
Alexandra Maria Lara Young Ilana Mather
Volker Bruch Dieter / Dieter Spenz
David Kross Young Michael Berg
Jeanette Hain Brigitte
Hannah Herzsprung Julia
Karoline Herfurth Marthe
Fabian Busch Hanna's Defence Council / Hanna's Defense Council
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Directors

Stephen Daldry

Writers

Bernhard Schlink, David Hare

Cast

Ralph Fiennes Michael Berg
Kate Winslet Hanna Schmitz
Bruno Ganz Professor Rohl
Alexandra Maria Lara Young Ilana Mather
Volker Bruch Dieter / Dieter Spenz
David Kross Young Michael Berg
Jeanette Hain Brigitte
Hannah Herzsprung Julia
Karoline Herfurth Marthe
Fabian Busch Hanna's Defence Council / Hanna's Defense Council
Vijessna Ferkic Sophie
Susanne Lothar Carla Berg
Matthias Habich Peter Berg
Burghart Klaußner Judge
Sylvester Groth Prosecuting Council
Jürgen Tarrach Gerhard Bade
Florian Bartholomai Thomas Berg
Moritz Grove Holger
Kirsten Block Female Judge
Margarita Broich Co-Defendant

Producers

Editors

Claire Simpson

2009OscarBest Motion Picture of the Year Nominated
2009OscarBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Won
2009OscarBest Achievement in Directing Nominated
2009OscarBest Writing, Adapted Screenplay Nominated
2009OscarBest Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
2009Golden GlobeBest Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
2009Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Won
2009Golden GlobeBest Director - Motion Picture Nominated
2009Golden GlobeBest Screenplay - Motion Picture Nominated
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