Reader (Widescreen) (2008)

  • Web Code: M2162842
  • Other formats: Blu-ray Disc
  • Release Date: 04-14-2009
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R (MPAA)

Rated  R (MPAA) Rated R for some scenes of sexuality and nudity.

Overview

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.
Theatrical Release Date 2008
Format DVD
Awards
  • Academy Awards, Best Actress, Winner, 2009

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R (MPAA)

Rated  R (MPAA) Rated R for some scenes of sexuality and nudity.

  • Release Info
  • Collector Edition
    N
  • Director Cut
    N
  • Number Of Discs
    null
  • Genre
    Dramas
  • Distributor
    Universal Studios/Alliance Films
  • Area
    USA
  • Video
  • Runtime (minutes)
    124
  • Picture
    Color
  • Release Note
  • Notes:
    DVD Features:

    O-Sleeve
    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
  • Release Date
    04/14/09
  • Theatrical Release
    2008
  • Rating
    R (MPAA)
  • Rating Reason
    Rated R for some scenes of sexuality and nudity.
  • Format
    DVD
  • Unedited Version
    N
  • Warranty Parts
    60 Day(s)

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Editorial Reviews

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Chicago Sun-Times 12-23-2008 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Powerfully acted by Winslet and Kross, with Ralph Fiennes coldly enigmatic as the elder Michael."
Box Office 12-10-2008 "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..."
Total Film 01-01-2009 4 stars out of 5 -- "[C]onsidered, articulate, intelligent....Winslet's precise performance is matched every way by Kross, an 18-year-old German actor who manages to convey love, lust and torment with barely a twitch of his fresh, open face."
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