Michael finds her apartment deserted, with no hint or warning. Michael soon graduates from the law school and gradually becomes a successful lawyer. He sends the cassettes and another tape recorder to her in prison. The movie reminds us again what we have learned from the Jews; the death of the body is death. He persuades her to tell him her name -- Hanna. She would also make the prisoners read to her; every evening Hanna would randomly choose one female prisoner to read a book to her in her office before taking them back to their cell, as she takes great enjoyment in being read to.
He sells his stamp collection so they can go on a bicycling tour in the countryside. I believe the movie may be demonstrating a fact of human nature: Most people, most of the time, all over the world, choose to go along. The movie follows 15-year-old Michael Berg's David Kross relationship to a 36-year-old Hanna Kate Winslet and the way it becomes complex when he re-encounters her about a decade later defending herself against Nazi war-crimes. Pausing nearby an apartment building he vomits. We went to great lengths to make sure that that's exactly what it didn't turn into. In Hanna's case, she would choose the physically weak and less able-bodied prisoners to their deaths. She denied however, authorship of a report on the church fire event, which they blamed on her.
However, after the unexpected death of Munjong, Nae-gyeong is courted by who yearns to become King himself by killing the young successor. Keywords: , , , ,. The prisoners tried to escape the burning church however all exits were locked. David Kross as her teen-age lover deserves honorable mention. When the prosecutor produces a document with Hanna's signature on it authorizing the church incident, she continues to deny the charges by claiming that someone forged her signature. The two begin an sordid affair that lasts through that spring and the summer when he is off from school.
This movie is a profound tragedy. Years later, Michael, now a law student, gets the shock of his life when he sees Hanna on trial for Nazi war crimes. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Winslet was originally cast as Hanna, but scheduling difficulties with led her to leave the film and was cast as her replacement. They even made me a merkin because they were so concerned that I might not be able to grow enough. I had to grow it in, because you can't have a landing strip in 1950, you know? Winslet plays every shade of gray in her portrayal of Hanna, and Fiennes is riveting as the man who must rewrite history--his own and his country's--as he learns daily, hourly, of deeds that defy categorization, and morality.
The adult Michael has sentenced himself to a lonely, isolated existence. Rediscovering his books and notes from the time of his affair with Hanna, he re-establishes contact with her by reading some of those works into a tape recorder. She is matter of fact with him but asks him to escort her to work on the tram line. In the present day of 1995, Michael reunites with his daughter, Julia Hannah Herzsprung , now age 21, who has just returned from a year in Paris. His marriage ends a few years later when Marthe leaves him, and he becomes distant from his daughter. It is painfully thought-provoking and probably not unfair.
In the flashback, as a 15 year old boy, Michael feels sick while wandering the streets. Yet, given the unforgiveable horrors of the Death Camps, there can be no sense of catharsis. It decreases the most potent revelations and resides on a powerful love that was successfully sustained only during the beginning. He admits his failings as a father and drives her to a church that he and Hanna had visited during their bicycle tour nearly 40 years earlier. She had not filmed any scenes yet, so the studio was able to recast Winslet without affecting the production schedule.
It just seemed a little silly that the big pay off was known way too early. When Hanna testifies, unlike her fellow defendants, she admits that she was aware the whole time that Auschwitz was an extermination camp. Then Hanna mysteriously disappears, leaving Michael heartbroken and confused. It was the last film for producers and , both of whom died prior to its release. Schlink insisted the film be shot in English rather than German, as it posed questions about living in a post-genocide society that went beyond mid-century Germany. And as many of us have done or might be capable of doing. I haven't been this surprised in a long time and this is the third film this week I rated 5 stars, so I'm on a roll with some really good films! Michael travels to New York City where he meets Ilana now and confesses his relationship with Hanna.
Once again the order of events are jumbled on the timeline and an unexpectedly long ending detracts from the impact of the most poignant moments, not least of which is an undying love story that overshadows the historical importance of the war crime trials that set up a heartbreaking reunion. But to me it was always an extraordinarily unconventional love story. Requested to provide a handwriting sample, she admits the charge, rather than to comply with the handwriting test. After he leaves, she commits suicide by hanging herself in her cell and leaves a note to Michael and a tea tin with cash in it. Retrieving his books from the time of his and Hanna's affair, he begins reading them into a tape recorder, which he then sends to Hanna. Hanna lost her job because she was too reliable. The Reader, a hushed and haunting meditation on these knotty questions, is sorrowful and shocking, yet leavened by a deep love story that is its heart.