GenreDrama, History
DirectorsStephen Daldry
CastKate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Karoline Herfurth
CountriesUSA, Germany
Production year2008
AwardsOSCAR Best Actress & 4 nominations
DistributorThe Weinstein Company
Running time02:04

How far would you go to protect a secret?


The Reader is a brief tale about sex, love, reading, and shame in postwar Germany. Michael Berg is 15 when he begins a long, obsessive affair with Hanna, an enigmatic older woman. He never learns very much about her, and when she disappears one day, he expects never to see her again. But, to his horror, he does. Hanna is a defendant in a trial related to Germany's Nazi past, and it soon becomes clear that she is guilty of an unspeakable crime. As Michael follows the trial, he struggles with an overwhelming question: What should his generation do with its knowledge of the Holocaust?

Plot outline

In postwar Germany, a young man’s decades-long obsession with an older woman runs headlong into a war crimes trial, where he learns an awful truth.