The Reader (2008)

Director
Stephen Daldry

Main cast
Kate Winslet; Ralph Fiennes; David Kross; Jeanette Hain; Bruno Ganz

Genres
Drama, Romance

Description
Tells 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 at the expense of her freedom.


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