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The Reader

Country: Germany, USA

Genre: Romantic Drama



In 1958, a 15-year-old German lad, Michael Berg (David Kross), has a passionate affair with 36-year-old Hanna Schmitz, to whom he reads literary works before the two have sex. One day, however, Hanna vanishes from his life. Eight years later, and Michael is training as a lawyer. As part of a special seminar, the students observe a trial of several women accused of a terrible war crime, and Michael is stunned to see that Hanna is one of the defendants. What is more, as the case proceeds, Michael realises that Hanna is hiding a secret that could exonerate her of one of the claims made against her by the other defendants in the trial.


  • Based on the 1995 novel "Der Vorleser" (first English translation, "The Reader", 1997) by German lawyer and writer Bernhard Schlink (b. 1944)
  • Directed by Stephen Daldry, who has also directed such films as "Billy Elliot" (2000) and "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" (2011)
  • This movie was the recipient of numerous awards, mainly for Kate Winslet's performance as Hanna. However, for his role in this film, David Kross did win the Sierra Award for 'Youth in Film' at the 2008 Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards, as well as the 2009 OFTA (Online Film & Television Association) Film Award for 'Best Youth Performance'.
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  • David Kross [ALUMNUS]
  • Kate Winslet
    (Hanna Schmitz)
  • Ralph Fiennes
    (Older Michael Berg)
  • Bruno Ganz
    (Professor Rohl)
  • Vijessna Ferkic
  • Karoline Herfurth
  • Susanne Lothar
    (Carla Berg)
  • Florian Bartholomäi
    (Thomas Berg)

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