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The Reader is a 2008 drama film directed by and based on the novel of the same name by Bernhard Schlink. The film follows the story of Michael Berg, a young man who becomes involved in a passionate affair with an older woman named Hanna Schmitz. After the affair ends, Michael goes on to become a successful lawyer, but years later he is confronted with the shocking truth about Hanna's past as a Nazi concentration camp guard.


The Reader is a powerful and haunting film that explores the complexities of guilt, responsibility, and forgiveness. The film's direction is superb, with creating a rich and immersive atmosphere that captures the emotional depth of the story. The performances are outstanding, with delivering a nuanced and captivating portrayal of Hanna, and and giving strong performances as Michael at different stages of his life. The film is a gripping and emotional journey that forces the audience to confront uncomfortable truths about humanity and history.


The Reader was nominated for five Academy Awards and won one:

Best Actress for

Best Director for

Best Adapted Screenplay for David Hare

Best Cinematography for Chris Menges and Roger Deakins

Best Original Score for Nico Muhly

The film also won numerous other awards, including a BAFTA Award for Best Actress for Winslet and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama for Winslet.

Overall, The Reader is a profound and thought-provoking film that offers a poignant exploration of the human condition. It is a reminder of the power of cinema to tell important stories and to challenge our understanding of the world around us.

Directed by
Produced by Anthony Minghella Sydney Pollack Donna Gigliotti Redmond Morris
Screenplay by David Hare
Based on Der Vorleser
by Bernhard Schlink
Starring , , , , ,
Music by Nico Muhly
Cinematography Chris Menges Roger Deakins
Edited by Claire Simpson
Mirage Enterprises Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH
Distributed by Template:Plainlosy
Release date December 12, 2008 (United States) February 26, 2009 (Germany)
Running time 124 minutes
Countries Germany United States
Languages English German
Budget $32 million
Box office $108.9 million

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