Click this link to vote for the best films, directors, actors and so on of all the films I've reviewed on this channel: Here is the link to the separate best video game category poll: The Reader is a finely-crafted masterpiece featuring exceptional performances especially from Kate Winslet, who earned the Best Actress Oscar for her role in this film and an endlessly intriguing, morally complex narrative. It's like when you click on a hyperlink for naked celebrity photos and get a computer virus instead. You sit up and watch, your nose glued to the window, watching with rapt attention. They spend much of their time together having sex in her apartment after she has had Michael read to her from literary works he is studying. We see him after a night with a woman, treating her with remote politeness. Ilana keeps the tea tin, similar to the one stolen from her in Auschwitz. He seeks understanding for himself, although perhaps he doesn't realize that.
That sound you hear is my eyes rolling. I will be the only angel you need. The Holocaust is a difficult, though much covered, subject matter, and this novel has a sure touch and an appealing lack of judgment with it. I mean, sex and Nazis and a literary pedigree to boot. By the way, one thing I like about the film that is not on the book is the last scene, where Michael decides to tell his daughter the role Hanna played in his life. When the book moves on to the second part, the tone has changed considerably.
Here, Hanna's sins - both the carnal as well as the homicidal - are linked with getting stories read to her; so, unusually, is her redemption in the last part of the book. I feel the same dilemmas in advising my acquaintances, knowing that any mis-step could provoke yet more consternation as well as a pointed lack of gratitude for my solicited but still impertinent advice. It carries many emotions from sensuality to anger all the way back to that of sympathy and resolution. Production began in in September 2007, and the film opened in limited release on December 10, 2008. I found this movie to be very compelling in many ways. And yet hope hides in a corner.
As books about the legacy of the holocaust go, there are much better ones out there than this. Eventually, she begins borrowing books from the prison library and teaches herself to read and write by following along with Michael's tapes. Cast: , , , , , , , Director: Genres: , Production Co: Mirage Enterprises, Neunte Babelsberg Distributors: Weinstein Co. Michael, diagnosed with , recuperates at home, and once recovered, he visits Hanna with flowers to thank her. Winslet, who was now available, agreed to replace Kidman. But it is, I think, also relevant more generally to the way in which human beings get ensnared incrementally into the evils of their society.
Rating: Completely riveting, yet about as emotionally distant as the chilly former concentration camp guard portrayed in the film by Kate Winslet, director Stephen Daldry's Oscar-bait follow up to his 2002 award winner, The Hours, stays coolly detached despite featuring some pretty steamy sex scenes and dealing with a highly confrontational subject matter. The journey is comfortable enough without being anything out of the ordinary. Director has previously adapted tough, serious literary works for the screen, and The Reader, like his earlier film , is perhaps a bit too polished and thoughtful when a bit more raw direct force would have made for a better film. It also looks at what it means to love someone, how much we can accept of them and how blind we can be to those we love. In the end, metaphor is subjective and if I can't see it myself without someone else suggesting it to me then I believe either the author failed to make their metaphorical point clearly enough or the metaphor itself doesn't exist. That was really the only thing that struck me about this book. The Reader is about this gap.
In many ways Hanna was innocent, and yet it becomes apparent that she lived every day with terrible guilt; Michael was a victim of her actions, and yet he too is guilty by association. The identity and the obligations of 'being the best' is a very powerful lock indeed, without any obvious key. They only realized the magnitude of their doings as the war was over, as the Allies found the piles of bodies in camps, published their photos in newspapers and as germans faced their accusators. She helps him and they begin a relationship. Schlink acknowledges that he has been criticised for not unambiguously condemning Hanna.
As already noted, the love affair generates slightly less heat than the pairing of Liza Minnelli and David Gest. Should Michael have been more understanding toward Hanna, after the trial? So many times while reading books about the Holocaust, I feel a disconnectedness from the events. Gently guided home by a compassionate older woman named Hanna Winslet , Michael convalesces for a few months before returning to Hanna's apartment with a bouquet of flowers. Realizing he is the only one who can save his former lover from a life in prison, Michael is faced with a dramatic choice. His unformed ego is unprepared for this blow. Nazi holdovers in postwar Germany are denounced only at the margins of the story, so to speak.
This is a phenomenal disservice to those who suffered so horrifically at their hands. Firstly this film reminded me The Captain Reddle in the way of showing the life in its shocking diversity. This was associated with a fear of the disappointment or disapproval by their friends and family. But I digress from the point here! Even when the presence of this feeling is what makes life tick for all humanity, we tend to call the romantic variant as 'falling in' love. It is about the Holocaust weighing on the shoulders of post-1945 Germany's population. Whenever a film is coming out that is based on an acclaimed book, I try to read the book first knowing that the reverse order almost never happens for me. But the film is neither about the Holocaust nor about those who grappled with its legacy: it's about making the audience feel good about a historical catastrophe that grows fainter with each new tasteful interpolation.