#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – THE READER opens in post-war 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 story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another.
Plot: The story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who, as a teenager in the late 1950s, had an affair with an older woman, Hanna, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a concentration camp guard late in the war. He alone realizes that Hanna is illiterate and may be concealing that fact at the expense of her freedom.
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An insight into the humanity of the inhumane
Before I start reviewing, let me say something personal: As a German, one can hardly watch movies about the Holocaust, WWII or any related topic unbiased. As I have discovered myself, no German family is without a history related to the Third Reich, almost none are without grave guilt, or at least the fear thereof, and most who say otherwise either lie knowingly, or simply try to evade further inquiry.
Reading some of the other reviews, I realized that for me, the movie conveyed something slightly, but decisively different: It is not so much about understanding HOW people could ever do the things they did, but rather how it is possible, that people we love, and people that have been loved by people we love could be so guilty and so loving, so despicable and lovable at the same time. It is about how we expect the guilt to show up somehow, how we expect to know the killer, the monster, at first sight and say: how could anyone not have seen it? Yet we have to admit sooner or later, that we were wrong, or were we? The question really is: How could I have ever loved someone who did things as horrible and disgusting as Hannah did? And just as much: If I am unmerciful now, having learned of their guilt, is it because they did what they did, or because they disappointed my own belief in their innocence?
At one point, Hanna Schmitz asks the judge: “What would you have done?”, and I think that therein lies an even more disturbing and unsettling question: What would I have done? What would you have done? How can anyone know for sure what WE would done? It is too easy to think of oneself as morally sound, with a firm belief in what is right and wrong. It’s what Germans call the “mercy of late birth” – the luxury of not having been in the position to make that choice.
So, what made this movie worth giving the full 10 points out of 10? It is well-crafted, well-played, believable, at times even beautiful. It captures both the fascination Michael feels with Hannah, and his disbelief, even disgust while exploring the ugly truth about her past. It conveys the struggle between our compassion and the reluctance to show mercy against the ones who did not. It leaves the viewer with the same, disturbing questions that have not been answered sufficiently in the past 60 years (nor will they ever be). It does not provide simple answers, but rather raises more questions, left to be unanswered. As Lena Olin’s Character says: “If you want Catharsis, go to the theater!”
Other than providing beautiful, well-toned cinematography, a well-written script, love of detail and convincing performances even by the supporting cast – what more can you expect from a truly great movie?
Beautifully photographed, contemplative movie with understated performances.
It’s not really difficult to be complimentary about this movie. Wonderful direction, quietly engrossing, great performances from all. Nice to see Bruno Ganz turning up too. There is something amazing about a film which successfully spreads itself across decades of people’s lives, and this film is certainly successful in that respect. Really makes you think about the roles we play as humans. Are they really of our own making? How much power do we truly have in terms of being caught up something much, much bigger than one can even imagine? Probably the best thing that Ralph Fiennes has done in a while; Kate Winslet’s star is obviously very much in the ascendancy these days, and I hope that we will be seeing a lot more of David Kross – a fine young actor.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 4 min (124 min)
Genre Drama, Romance
Director Stephen Daldry
Writer David Hare (screenplay), Bernhard Schlink (book)
Actors Ralph Fiennes, Jeanette Hain, David Kross, Kate Winslet
Country Germany, USA
Awards Won 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 48 nominations.
Production Company Mirage Enterprises, Neunte Babelsberg
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Zeiss Master Prime Lenses, Arricam ST, Zeiss Master Prime Lenses
Laboratory ARRI Film & TV, München, Germany (digital dailies), Technicolor Digital Intermediates (digital intermediate) (as Technicolor NY/LA), Technicolor, Los Angeles (CA), USA, Technicolor, New York (NY), USA
Film Length 3,390 m (Sweden), 3,421 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 200T 5217, Vision2 500T 5218, Vision3 500T 5219)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (spherical) (Fuji)