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The Reader (2008)

Written By Awir Aditya on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 | 1:44 AM

Genre: Drama/Romance/History

Starring: Kate Winslet, Ralf Fiennes, David Kross

Set in post World War II Germany, a young man, Michael Berg (Kross) falls in love with a much elder woman, Hanna Schmitz (Winslet). Hanna is a tram ticket collector in Neustadt and responds to his love with equal passion. They set a routine wherein Michael would read her books and later make love to Hanna. Their romance continues for a considerable period of time when due to a disagreement, Hanna leaves Michael and leaves Neustadt too. Years later, Michael sees Hanna undergoing a trial for working as a guard at Aushwitz, a German concentration camp for Jews during World War II. She along with other guards, are held responsible for the death of many and sentenced to imprisonment. Their relationship has deeply affected Michale's life and years later, a much elder Michael (Fiennes) is still finding it hard to forget his past love. Kate Winslet puts on one of her best performances to date and although the story is slightly cliched, she doesn't let you give you that feel. Shes not the dazzling seductress from Titanic but the old simple ticket collector, a role tailor made for her. Her outstanding performance gave her a well-deserved Oscar and any amounts of praise is not enough. Its only now that I realised how old shes actually become.

Thumbs up: Kate Winslet all the way
Thumbs down: A bit slow at some parts

Rating: 7.8/10
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