“The Reader,” director Stephen Daldry and scripter David Hare’s follow-up to their 2002 award-winning film “The Hours,” raises so many interesting questions about guilt and personal responsibility that you can spend hours discussing it afterwards.
But at the heart of this occasionally choppy, ultimately haunting drama is the life-changing romance between a shy German teenager (remarkable David Kross) and an older woman (Kate Winslet, who took home the 2008 Best Actress Oscar for her performance) who, unbeknownst to him, once served as an Auschwitz guard. Ralph Fiennes plays the boy as an adult and, strangely enough, it is his chilly, sad performance that lingers longest in the memory.
Official Site: www.thereader-movie.com
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