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Drama - Historic, Drama - Romantic

The Reader (2008)

Released 2008 Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A book of the same name by Bernhard Schlink (1995)
Writer/s Script David Hare
Director Stephen Daldry
Starring Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Kate Winslet, Bruno Ganz
Elevator Pitch A middle aged lawyer in Germany of 1995 looks back over his life, particularly at a teenage love affair he had with an older woman who for no reason suddenly disappears. Later as a law student he is an observer at a Nazi war trial and is surprised to see his former lover as a defendant. He realises that he knows something about her which may affect the court’s view of her.
Content A bit of time in the middle-aged man’s life, and with his family as a boy. Some time in the court but mostly the woman and the boy having sex, and the environment around them in 1950s Germany.
A View Although generally well thought of, some critics seem to have taken against it because of its multiple Oscar nominations. Only one was won – Kate Winslet for Best Actress. Also won the “Best Depiction of Nudity or Sexuality” from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Just a bit ambiguous in its treatment of war crime, but worth a view.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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