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The Reader

Behind the mystery lies a truth that will make you question everything you know.
The Reader
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DVD Features:

  • Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: April 14, 2009
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Alliance
  • O-Sleeve
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital - English
    • Subtitles - Spanish
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Trailers
    • Featurette:
      1. A Conversation with David Kross & Stephen Daldry, Kate Winslet on the Art of Aging Hanna Schmitz
      2. A New Voice: A Look at Composer Nico Muhly
      3. Coming to Grips with the Past: Production Design Brigitte Broch
    • Making Of:
      1. A Masterpiece: The Making of THE READER

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Produced by , , &
Director of Photography: &
Executive Production by &

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 2009 - Best Actress: Kate Winslet

Entertainment Reviews:

Fresh63%

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Total Count: 201

Upright79%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 206,873
3 stars out of 4 -- [Winslet's] fierce, unerring portrayal goes beyond acting, becoming a provocation that will keep you up nights.
Rolling Stone
Jan 8, 2008
The Reader trips over itself now and then, but it remains wonderfully acted and beautifully realized. And it has something profound to say about shame, confidence and justice. Full Review
The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY)
Feb 2, 2018
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Screenwriter David Hare deftly navigates the tricky moral waters with the same poetic eloquence he brought to The Hours. Full Review
The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Jun 6, 2019
Rating: 2.5/5 -- Where The Reader fails most is in its inability to get into the characters and push them to become more than depressive people with sagging hearts. Full Review
Spectrum Culture
Oct 2, 2019
Rating: 3.5/5 -- A classy drama with a literary twist, charting the strange, strained relationship of Hannah (Kate Winslet) and Michael (David Kross). Full Review
Herald Sun (Australia)
May 11, 2018
Young Kross impresses with his acting ability. He's able to register multiple emotions and thoughts -- some that are complicated, especially during the trial scenes in the film's middle stretch...
Box Office
Dec 10, 2008
3.5 stars out of 4 -- Powerfully acted by Winslet and Kross, with Ralph Fiennes coldly enigmatic as the elder Michael.
Chicago Sun-Times
Dec 23, 2008

Description by OLDIES.com:

Though THE READER may boast the typical pedigree of a Holocaust film--acclaimed actors, a literary source, and an Oscar-baiting end-of-the-year release date--this drama has a significant difference: it focuses on a perpetrator, rather than the victims. Kate Winslet takes on the hefty supporting role of Hanna Schmitz, a woman who has an affair with Michael Berg (German actor David Kross), a 15-year-old boy in 1950s Germany. They spend their brief romance alternately making love and focusing on literature, with Michael reading everything from Chekov to Homer to his lover. Soon, Hanna abruptly disappears, and Michael returns to his normal life. Almost a decade later, Michael is studying law, when he sees Hanna again; she is on trial for her crimes as an S.S. guard during the war. Michael is torn between a desire for justice and his knowledge of a secret that may save Hanna.

THE READER makes full use of hindsight and historical perspective. Based on the bestselling novel by Bernhard Schlink, the story is framed by an older Michael (Ralph Fiennes) who deals with both his personal history and the collective past--and guilt--of the German people. This is a complex film that doesn't give the audience any easy answers; Hanna is undoubtedly guilty of horrific crimes, but she is a multilayered character who is always fascinating and always human, thanks to the terrific performance of Winslet, who plays Hanna over four decades. Director Stephen Daldry earned an Oscar nomination for his work on another literary adaptation, THE HOURS, and he deserves more praise for this polished film.

Product Description:

Though THE READER may boast the typical pedigree of a Holocaust film--acclaimed actors, a literary source, and an Oscar-baiting end-of-the-year release date--this drama has a significant difference: it focuses on a perpetrator, rather than the victims. Kate Winslet takes on the hefty supporting role of Hanna Schmitz, a woman who has an affair with Michael Berg (German actor David Kross), a 15-year-old boy in 1950s Germany. They spend their brief romance alternately making love and focusing on literature, with Michael reading everything from Chekov to Homer to his lover. Soon, Hanna abruptly disappears, and Michael returns to his normal life. Almost a decade later, Michael is studying law, when he sees Hanna again; she is on trial for her crimes as an S.S. guard during the war. Michael is torn between a desire for justice and his knowledge of a secret that may save Hanna.

THE READER makes full use of hindsight and historical perspective. Based on the bestselling novel by Bernhard Schlink, the story is framed by an older Michael (Ralph Fiennes) who deals with both his personal history and the collective past--and guilt--of the German people. This is a complex film that doesn't give the audience any easy answers; Hanna is undoubtedly guilty of horrific crimes, but she is a multilayered character who is always fascinating and always human, thanks to the terrific performance of Winslet, who plays Hanna over four decades. Director Stephen Daldry earned an Oscar nomination for his work on another literary adaptation, THE HOURS, and he deserves more praise for this polished film.

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 28,941
  • UPC: 065935825661
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