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
haunting story about truth and reconciliation, about how one
generation comes to terms with the crimes of another.
THE READER stars Ralph Fiennes, David Kross and Kate Winslet,
and is directed by Stephen Daldry (the Academy Award
nominated director of THE HOURS), from a script by David
Hare, and based on the award winning novel by Bernhard
Schlink. Schlink’s The Reader has been translated into 39
languages and was the first German novel to reach number one
on The New York Times Bestseller List.
The Weinstein Company will release THE READER in theaters on
December 10, 2008 in New York, Los Angeles and San
Francisco. The film will expand on December 25, 2008 and
open nationwide on January 9, 2009.
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