Saturday, February 21, 2009
Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes star in the movie with a complicated love affair between a German teen and a mysterious woman considerably older than he is. The Reader opens in post-World War II Germany, where teenager Michael Berg has fallen ill with scarlet fever. Nursed back to health by Hanna, Michael eventually makes a full recovery and decides to thank her in person. When he shows up in her apartment, Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and the pair quickly enters into a passionate yet concealed affair. Later, after readings of books such as The Odyssey and Huck Finn, Hanna vanishes without warning, leaving Michael heartbroken. Nearly a decade later, Michael is a law student observing Nazi war crime trials. When Hanna comes into the courtroom and takes a seat in the defendant's chair, her past comes into focus just as Michael uncovers the secret that will have a lasting impact on both of their lives. The movie is passionate and mysterious. The affair between these two characters unfolds into something that they remember their whole life. The acting in this picture was beyond fantastic. There is unbelievable screen chemintry between Winslet and Kross. Overall, after thinking about it days after I watched it, I have come to appreciate it more than I did walking out of the theatre. I understand that the depth and the sincerity of this film is what makes it successful. Great piece of film that I would without a doubt, watch many more times. 4 out of 4 stars.