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Genres Drama Romance
Running Time 123 min
Release Date Jan 9, 2009
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The Reader

Michael Berg (David Kross), a teen in postwar Germany, begins a passionate but clandestine affair with Hanna Schmitz (Kate Winslet), an older woman who enjoys having classic novels read to her. Then Hanna mysteriously disappears, leaving Michael heartbroken and confused. Years later, Michael, now a law student, gets the shock of his life when he sees Hanna on trial for Nazi war crimes.

Starring
Kate Winslet Hanna Schmitz
Ralph Fiennes Older Michael
David Kross Young Michael
Lena Olin Rose Mather/Ilana Mather
Bruno Ganz Professor Rohl
Alexandra Lara Young Ilana Mather
Hannah Herzsprung Julia
Volker Bruch Dieter
Jeanette Hain Brigitte
Moritz Grove Holger

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Jan. 2, 2009 - Triangle.com - By Wesley Morris , The Boston Globe

Late into "The Reader," the movie's young German protagonist, Michael Berg (David Kross), visits Auschwitz concentration camp well after the end of WWII. The camera surveys the dreary landscape and finds several giant cages of shoes. It's a scene as superfluous as the movie itself is irksome.

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