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 story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another.
Following the lead of such esteemed stage directors as Nicholas Hytner and Sam Mendes, Stephen Daldry made his name in the British theater world before he moved to films, succeeding on his first cinematic foray with Billy Elliot (2000).
U.K. native Daldry began his stage career early in life, doing youth theater and spending time as a circus clown. After attending university at Sheffield, Daldry headed to London, where he began to draw attention for his work at the fringe theater the Gate. Daldry went on to direct over 100 plays, including the long-running, 1992 Tony Award-winning revival of An Inspector Calls and David Hare’s one-man show Via Dolorosa, and was appointed the director of the Royal Court Theatre at age 32.
During his stint at the Royal Court, the British film production company Working Title began to groom Daldry for a movie career, starting with the short film Eight (1998). Taking a leave of absence from the theater, Daldry subsequently helmed his first… read more
Very very important lessons, almost hidden, told silently, runs in this great movie, of humanism, forgiveness, and on one hand the loneliness of Michael and on the other the hardness in Hanna speaks to me...inviting me to think about...hope we all learnt. Till now doesn´t seem we learnt much.
A retrospective of German classics and a showcase of new German talent.
Kate Winslet adalah salah satu aktris terbaik di generasinya. Dan hal itu ia tunjukkan bukan hanya sekali, namun dua kali sepanjang tahun 2008 lalu. Setelah performanya yang sangat, sangat menakjubkan… read review
This film is so affecting. I find myself feeling sorry for a woman who’s actions are questionable and I end up not knowing what I should feel/think. But I can’t help but feel for this woman. Obviously… read review
What is guilt? I believe this is the central question behind Stephen Daldry’s new film The Reader. Based on the novel by Bernhard Schlink, the story asks its audience what a true monster is. If you… read review