An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.
The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair.
Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens.
So bleibt der Schatten der Nazizeit, der den Umriss zeichnet um Michael Bergs erste, verrückte Liebe von Anfang an gegenwärtig.
Trotzdem verrät "The Reader", der auf Englisch gedrehte und bereits für den Oscar nominierte Film, für Nichtleser des Romans das Geheimnis seiner weiblichen Hauptfigur nicht vor der Zeit. Sie spielt jenes Fräulein Hanna Schmitz, die 20 Jahre ältere Geliebte des Oberschülers Michael Berg.
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.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 first is a somewhat happy jaunt of a short story and the second is a very serious and depressing story. Obviously, she's developed into an an outstanding actress.The second part is what most people, I assume, will remember about this film.You see her in all kinds of light, both good and bad.