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The Reader (9/10)
by Tony Medley
Run Time 122 minutes.
It was in the 1950s that French New Wave
director Jean-Luc Godard said, “If ever a film is to be made about
will have to be from the point of view of the guards.” In 1995, Bernard
Schlink published just such a novel and it became an international
bestseller, even in
It is brilliantly told through the eyes of a
young boy, Michael Berg (David Kross), and when he is a grown man (Ralph
Fiennes). In 1958, he falls seriously ill on a bus but is helped by a
woman, Hanna Schmitz (Kate Winslet). She seduces him and they begin an
affair, even though she is twice his age (approximately 36 to 18). She
likes him to read to her and we get the idea that she is illiterate. Then
she suddenly disappears. A few years later he is a law student and attends
a trial where he sees that she is a defendant. As he listens to the
testimony, he realizes that he knows facts that will acquit her.
David Hare has written a compelling script that,
in his words, “works both as a love story and as a harrowing metaphor for
own infatuation with Nazism.” This is much more than a story of one woman
and one man’s relationship with her. It is a film that demands the viewer
Winslet gives another one of her exceptional
performances as the illiterate Hanna, but the real delight of the film is
Kross, who was 15 when he first starting working on the role. He not only
had to learn English for it, he then had to endure many nude lovemaking
scenes with Winslet, who seems to make a point of appearing stark naked in
all her films, poor guy.
This is a touching look at a complex, emotional
issue by director Stephen Daldry, one of the best films of the year.
December 8, 2008