The Reader

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Stephen Daldry
Production: The Weinstein Co./MGM
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 47 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min

How do you know

when you've no idea what it means?

What are you studying in German?

I'm studying a play.

By Gotthold Ephraim Lessing.

Have you heard of him?

It's called Emilia Galotti.

You can read it.

I'd rather listen to you.

All right.

"Act 1. Scene 1".

"The setting:

One of the prince's chambers".

"The prince".

I'm not very good.

Go on.


"nothing but complaints".

"For goodness' sake,

is there anything in life but work?"

"Just imagine

that people actually envy us".

You're good at it, aren't you?

Good at what?


What's funny?

I didn't think

I was good at anything.

What are you doing?

What is this?

Why did you behave

as if you didn't know me?

You didn't want to know me.

You saw I was in the first carriage.

So why did you sit in the second?

What did you think I was doing?

Why the hell

did you think I was there?

How should I know?

Now, I've been working,

I need a bath

and I'd like to be by myself.

Would you please leave?

I didn't mean to upset you.

You don't have the power

to upset me.

You don't matter enough

to upset me.

I don't know what to say.

I've never been

with a woman before.

We've been together four weeks.

I can't live without you.

I can't.

Even the thought of it kills me.

I sat in the second carriage

because I thought you might kiss me.

Kid, you thought

we could make love in a tram?

Is it true what you said?

That I don't matter to you?

Do you forgive me?

Do you love me?

Do you have a book?

Yes, I have.

I took one with me this morning.

What is it?

The Odyssey, by Homer.

It's my homework.

We're changing the order

we do things.

Read to me first, kid,

then we make love.

"The Odyssey, by Homer".

What's an odyssey?

It's a journey,

he sets out on a journey.


"Sing to me of the man, Muse,

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David Hare

Sir David Hare Born5 June 1947 (age 70) St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, East Sussex OccupationPlaywright, screenwriter, director EducationMA (Cantab.), English Literature Alma materLancing College Jesus College, Cambridge Notable worksThe Judas Kiss Plenty Pravda The Absence of War Licking Hitler Skylight Strapless The Blue Room Stuff Happens Notable awardsBAFTA, Golden Bear, Olivier Award SpouseNicole Farhi Sir David Hare (born 5 June 1947) is an English playwright, screenwriter and theatre and film director. Best known for his stage work, Hare has also enjoyed great success with films, receiving two Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing. more…

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